Step back in time with Channel 5’s latest series with the guys from Cannon Hall Farm. A Farm Through Time starts tonight on Channel 5 and takes a look at how farming has evolved over the years since the Iron Age.
Follow brothers Rob and Dave Nicholson along with historian Ruth Goodman as they relive what it was really like for farmers battling to keep the country’s bellies full.
The three-part series starts tonight at 9pm and will run weekly with episodes available to stream on Channel 5’s streaming service My5.
In tonight’s episode we’ll learn about ‘Digging For Victory!”, and what it was like for farmers during the Second World War at a time when farming couldn’t have been more important.
Due to German U-boats sinking merchant ships, Britain had to rely heavily on Britain’s farmers to keep the country from starvation.
The war helped move farming into the machine age with more than half of farmers still using horse power. The Fordson tractor helped farmers reach government targets of ploughing an extra two million acres of land in a year.
At the outbreak of war, farming practices were rather old-fashioned, with more than half of British farms entirely horse-powered.
The second episode will look at the Victorian Era and will air on the 25th of August.