|Arthur Young by W. Hinton, published by John Sewell, after John Rising|
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"The lower classes must be kept poor or they will never be industrious", the words of North Mymms farmer Arthur Young (1741-1820).
Young was a man who is described as being "responsible more than anyone for disseminating knowledge of the improvement in agriculture throughout England".
Despite his apparent wisdom, his three years at Bradmore Farm ended in failure and he and his wife "seem to have almost ruined themselves".
Young blamed the soil, others blamed his methods. He gave up the farm and went on to become "famous as an expert in agriculture".
Peter Kingsford wrote about 'the farmer of Bradmore' in an article in the November 1989 issue of the Chancellor’s Community Newsletter, reproduced here with permission of the publisher.
The article by Malcolm Tomkins, referred to by Peter Kingsford, was published in the November 1968 issue of Hertfordshire Countryside magazine and is also embedded below. The cutting is part of the Peter Miller collection.
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