Listen to: Reminiscences on farm life



Ref. No.: WFN152
Date of Audio: 1998.

Well, Kirkby today is very different from the Kirkby, that I was born in. I was born at Rigby's farm, it was my grandma's farm at the time and it was all agricultural land around here. The Earl of Sefton owned the land, all farming and cottages and it was really a very nice village and living on the farm was a very busy life. We had cows, pigs, horses, ducks, geese, chicken, so we all had our own cured bacon and own fresh eggs, and grandma use to make butter and butter milk and the cottages would come to get the buttermilk to make buttermilk scones, which is very nice. And mostly the women of Kirkby, would bake their own bread because, everything was delivered by horse and cart, and the blacksmith was a very busy man in Kirkby because, he would take the produce to Liverpool to the market, potato growers and that. It was all done by horse and cart and when the farmers had to get up to go to the market on Cazeneau Street, Great Homer Street market. They would have to be up by 3am in the morning and most of the young men teams they lived in with the farmer and his wife. The farmer's wife and the team men had to be up at 3 o'clock and the farmer's wife had to light the fire before they could have a cup of tea, and the team men would be in the stable feeding, getting his horses ready, to go to the market. And after he had come in and had his breakfast, if he didn't leave the farm by 4 o'clock in the morning, to get to Great Homer Street, he would have to set up in the street and the buyers did not like to come out into the street, but liked to be inside the market. It was a very long day for the team men.

(Alice Wharton)

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