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Winstone, Gloucestershire (cf. SED Sherborne)
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Winstone, Gloucestershire: OS Grid Reference(396500,209500)
Vivian, Andy (male, interviewer)
Cove, Rupert (b.1920/08/02, male, retired farmer)
Rupert describes the family farm before mechanisation and mains drainage. He recalls the first tractor on the farm and his father’s reluctance to use it for harvesting. Miserden is a village just to the west of Winstone and Birmingham a large city in the West Midlands to the north. The Fordson Standard tractor was produced in Dagenham, England from 1940. The Co-op refers to the Co-operative Wholesale Society: a family of businesses whose activities range from food to finance and from farms to funerals. The first retail co-operative was founded in Rochdale in 1843 and by 1863 a group of retail societies had registered the North of England co-operative Society with the aim of supporting the growing retail consumer co-operative movement. Land Rover refers to the four-wheeled drive vehicles manufactured in the UK since 1948.