Farming People and Practises
Stowupland’s economy was based on agriculture and most local men worked as agricultural labourers, horsemen or dairymen.
In 1912 Stowupland’s cheif crops were wheat, barley, beans, sugar beet and clover. ops had previously been grown but American cheap imports made growing this as a crop unsustainable. At the time of the outbreak of WW1 only 20% of wheat was home grown and 40% of meat was imported.
Horse power gave way gradually to steam.
T. Lambert is a Steam Thresher with a certificate
Fruit growing has been an important crop for the Stowupland economy. Local maps show that we have always had many orchards and in the first half of the 20th century apple growing was an important crop (See also Davy’s farm).
In the 1960’s the press reported on the Do-It-Yourself directors of Mid-Suffolk Growers Ltd. They had built their own cold-storage unit in Mill Street, to provide ‘cold-storage for 250 tons of fruit grown in the Stowmarket district. There were 17 members growing apples on 235 acres, pears on 27 acres, and plums on 2 1/2 acres. By 1966 they had a thriving direct sales business and export market in West Africa’.