Tuesday 6 September 2016

Farnham Rural Life Centre

One of the things I've been doing since I dropped off the Book of the Face is sorting through the backlog of photos. I've realised that there have been a couple of trips which I haven't mentioned from the past few weeks so please forgive me for going back in time to catch up or equally feel free to bypass.

Snapshots from a few of the displays at the Rural Life Museum in Farnham where we met up with chums a short while ago. I first became aware of the place when it was featured briefly on one of the historical series with Peter Ginn.

Set in a relatively small site the museum has an eclectic mix of buildings from a cricket pavilion to a post war pre fab along side exhibits which track the rural lifestyle now relegated to the past. It provides an interesting peek into how our forebears lived upon the land

This is inside the prefab. The screen on the TV couldn't be in more stark contrast with our flat screens of today. We clocked several different types of air raid shelters whilst walking round.

This is a WWI ambulance for horses. I had never really given any thought to how the wounded animals would be transported away from the battleground before.

Many of the displays though are not war related. There's several examples of farm machinery from across the ages [admittedly not all the thrilling for me] and a complete shepherd's hut. This is a lamb creep which was used to separate the babies from their mothers at feeding time.

A selection of sheep bells. The shepherd could tell where the flock was and how the sheep were from the sounds the bells made.

The granary looks to be made from bricks in the front. However, looks can be deceiving as these are actually tiles designed to look like brick courses. These mathematical tiles neatly avoided the brick tax which was introduced in 1784.

Eashing Chapel which saw later use as a library, an agricultural store and latterly a chicken coop. The polite reminder of appropriate headwear for ladies made me smile. A few generations ago no decent adult would have considered leaving home without an appropriate hat.

Finally this from the working forge. I, of course, was drawn to it because of the web and the spider. Always love to see a little detail in an unexpected place.



  1. Never knew of a brick tax, only window so yay I've learnt something today!! x


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