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Frank Arnold remembered

October 21, 2014

It is a long time since we featured one of our agricultural cartoons that can give insight into the life of the small farmer in the mid-1960s. They were drawn by an artist who just signed EGL.

Frank Arnold lived at Anne’s Farm which is on Spin Hill although you won’t find it now because its name has been changed to Sandmartins Farm. This was Anne’s Farm in about 1979. Frank was still there then.

Anne's Farm on Spin Hill in Market Lavington

Anne’s Farm on Spin Hill in Market Lavington

And now a cartoon.

Mid 60s cartoon showing Frank Arnold taking a break

Mid 60s cartoon showing Frank Arnold taking a break

Here we see Frank taking a break, surrounded by drink, and musing on what might have been. Frank, of course, is attired in braces and a flat cap and clearly indicating he had a good life. In truth he worked hard but did always give the impression that he loved what he did.

There could be an implication that parsons have an easy life. That might have been true back in the 18th century when the vicar may have been very much an absentee with an underpaid curate doing the work. These days the local parson is that bit less local as parishes have been grouped into benefices and the cleric may have charge of five or more churches.

But the artist has caught the spirit of those mid-60s days which was still in the era of ‘you’ve never had it so good’. And before anyone comments, we know those words were never uttered by Harold MacMillan.

Frank Arnold – Built for Speed?

April 17, 2013

Frank was one of our local characters. He was a smallholder/farmer who could turn his hand to almost anything.

In later life he lived at Anne’s Farm on Spin Hill (which has now been renamed) with his wife, Dolly. Frank was a large man and by then he certainly wasn’t a speed merchant.

A local cartoonist created several images of Frank and others, going about their lives. This one dates from 1966.

This cartoon of Frank Arnold can be seen at Market Lavington Museum

This cartoon of Frank Arnold can be seen at Market Lavington Museum

It’s not clear what the problem was for Frank. Maybe birds were eating his seedlings. Anyway, he is clearly telling his sow, Bess, to get after the problem. Bess is happy to oblige. It’s to be hoped that the little piglet keeps out of the way of the galloping sow.

Like all of the cartoons – there are 19 of them – the people have been caught perfectly. There’s no mistaking the size and style of Frank there. The artist has the advantage over the cameraman there. Our cartoonist can draw a scene from his imagination and not generate that tense look which people can put on when a camera points at them. Frank’s life and times – for a couple of years – are well documented in these images. Being cartoons, with a speech bubble, we get ideas about how Frank thought. For those people who knew Frank it all rings very true.

We looked at another cartoon earlier on this blog and we gave a summary of his life there. Click here to read it.