It was not until modern tractors and machinery were able to dig up potatoesÂ wholesale that itÂ ended.
Compared to modern farm vehicles, the tractor in this photograph is positively ancient. Perhaps someone from a farming background can let me know what the metalworkÂ being pulled behind the tractor was called.
Manual labour was used extensively andÂ in the backgroundÂ areÂ two men loading the sacks of potatoes and another one leadsÂ the horse. I am told the picture was taken on a Bedhampton farm. Can anyoneÂ confirm that?
'¢Â Although it might have been beenÂ considered as racing at last weekend's Goodwood Revival meeting, what we see in the second pictureÂ wereÂ time trials on Eastern Road, Portsmouth, in 1936. They were organised byÂ Southsea Motor Club,Â a band of young enthusiasts who ran what was then thisÂ new sport.
The new extension to Eastern Road provided an idealÂ track for competitors and racingÂ motorists from all over the countryÂ arrived in the city to compete for the many trophies on offer.Â The City Corporation presented the City Cup and Councillor RJÂ Winnicott sponsored the Winnicott Trophy, just two up for grabs.
Fine weather,Â a large crowd plus superb organisation by the motor clubÂ combined to give ideal conditions.Â I know it was 81 years ago but does anyone remember this event?
'¢ Look closely at the picture of The Hard, Portsea.Â As you can see by the daubingsÂ on the sea wall,Â graffiti was a problem more than a century ago. I love the doodle of the man on the right fishing. And I wonder who '˜Jock' was '“Â theÂ word written above him?
The many pubs along The Hard can be seen with the Ship Anson of course still serving today. TheÂ King & Queen, on itsÂ left, is nowÂ an extension to theÂ Anson.
A hansom cab awaits a fare opposite the Bedford & Chase. This pub stood on the corner of Clock Street and took a direct hit during the blitz in 1941. The horse-drawn tram on the far left dates this photo toÂ before December 1901. The last time horses were used for pulling tramsÂ was that year although it wasÂ 1903 beforeÂ electric trams took overÂ the whole system.
'¢Â The final photo is aÂ superb early morning view across Portsmouth Harbour from HMS Vernon taken before 1970.Â Â Everything you see in the foreground has now disappeared under Gunwharf Quays. I believe the eight minesweepers wereÂ all Ton-class shipsÂ but stand to be corrected.