Eastfield Farm 1925-1955 by Jessie Newborn – a Summary
is based on the notes and photographs made by the late Jessie
Newborn who lived at Eastfield Farm for 30 years and was a
member of the Tickhill Local History Group.
Stephen Newborn, Jessie’s father, became the tenant of Eastfield
Farm in February 1925. The farm, extending to 350 acres on the
northern side of Tickhill, was of ancient origin. When Mr
Newborn took over there was a substantial farmhouse (without
mains water and electricity), yards for livestock and harvested
crops, and outbuildings which included barns, a blacksmith’s
shop, a steam house and a dovecot.
The work of
Mr Newborn’s wife, Alice, was vital to the farming operation,
not only providing substantial meals for the workers, but caring
for weak newly born lambs and piglets, cleaning and sterilising
dairy equipment and, with daily help, keeping the farmhouse
workforce had a wide variety of tasks to undertake according to
the season, as they tended crops and livestock. Before the
Second World War the workers relied heavily on horses for
ploughing, planting and harvesting. Some crops such as peas and
potatoes needed extra help from casual labour at harvest time.
Second World War Eastfield Farm was required to increase the
amount of arable land by ploughing up some pasture land. Mr
Newborn bought four tractors in all, largely replacing the
reliance on horses. Eastfield Farm was not isolated from wartime
tensions and dangers. A large decoy, built about half a mile
from the farmhouse, could be lit by RAF personnel to lure German
bombers from intended targets. Mr Newborn was Head ARP Warden in
Tickhill. He also advised other farmers on how to increase
farming year was interspersed with customs, some like Plough
Sunday, revived after the War. For the children, May Day
celebrations involved crowning the May Queen at the Buttercross.
The culmination of the farming year, harvest, was celebrated at
Harvest Supper for all the workforce.
years of managing Eastfield Farm, Mr Newborn, aged 69, retired
and held a sale of equipment and livestock in March 1955. He and
his family moved to a house on Northgate.
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illustrated with numerous photographs. It is available from KSM
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