Subject Up with the lark
Ian Waller
November 20, 2013


This talk brought to life the story of the Agricultural labourer. It encompassed the nature of his work, his food, his clothing. Did you know you could tell his occupation from the pattern on his smock?



Special local reference was made to the Bedfordshire Clanger which was typically a lunchtime snack where a suet pudding was filled with meat and savoury at one end and sweet jam at the other. The wife carried it to the field so it was still hot.

The eventual decline was due to mechanization, the development of refrigeration and the industrial revolution creating more jobs in cities.