Revisiting the 1925 Farmers’ Guide

We have seen this Carter’s Seed Brochure before The Farmer’s Guide of 1925, but it has over 70 pages so we’ll take another look now.

Farmers Guide snip

A catalogue suggesting crop varieties for farmers to grow

Of course, farmers don’t only require seed for vegetables. The catalogue recommends various types of grass seed.

Farmers' Guide rye grass snip

Once again, we are reminded of the importance of horse power in the agriculture of almost a century ago. The price lists remind us that British farmers  were using imperial measures for both weights and money.

Farmers'Guide swede snip

So, one pound (lb) of swede seed cost 2 shillings (s) and 3 pence (d). A pound in weight is just under half a kilogram as 1 kg equals about 2lb 3oz. 16 ounces (oz) make a pound (lb). The pound of swede seed cost 2s 3d.  In old money, 12 pennies (d) = 1 shilling (s) and 20 s = 1 pound (£).

Farmers' Guide fertiliser snip

Buying heavier items than a pound of swede seed, you would be looking at the prices per hundredweight (cwt) or per ton. (Some of us can remember sitting in the primary school quoting, “16 ounces make one pound, 14 pounds make 1 stone, 8 stones make one hundredweight and 20 hundredweights make 1 ton.”)

So, this seed catalogue serves to remind us of times gone by in so many ways – the imperial system used for weights and prices, the use of horses in agriculture and, more locally, having a station and a department store in the Lavington area. We are grateful that it was saved for our museum collection.

One Response to “Revisiting the 1925 Farmers’ Guide”

  1. clivebennett796 Says:

    Yep I remember doing this!

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