Farm lads - a case study
What was most surprising was the revelation that single lads were then still hired by the year as servants living on the farm, with their board and lodging as part of their wages. They did not go home at night, as the married labourers did. This was a system associated with early modern England, which was generally believed to have died out by the early 19th century.
'I taped oral testimony from many East Yorkshire farm workers ...'
I taped oral testimony from many East Yorkshire farm workers, all of whom have since died. Taken together, I built up a substantial archive that contradicted the generally accepted idea that horsemen were always skilled, older workers, promoted on merit. Instead, they were often young men not long out of their teens.