A tiny metal spade

Contributed by mystory

This was used by my grandmother in around 1912-1916 when she worked as a bondager at Ancroft farm in North Northumberland. She used the tiny spade to clean tools used in the fields. She lived with her grandmother in Newcastle who died when she was 16. After paying for the funeral she only had 16shillings left so moved to live with a relation and his family at Ancroft. I understand the farmer payed his male employee for the boarding and small wage for the bondager. Times were very hard and she didnt like to talk about it, although one of her sisters told of the times.

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  • 1. At 20:03 on 30 October 2010, Rabric51 wrote:

    I have a similar spade approx 6" long. It was my fathers and he said that he got it in a 'Lucky bag' in the 1920s

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