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Episode 10

Edwardian Farm Episode 10 of 12

It's June, and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn and historian Ruth Goodman head up to Dartmoor to discover the ways in which Edwardian farmers took advantage of this unique and spectacular landscape to add to their income.

The team follows a flock of sheep up on to Dartmoor, where it was traditional for many shepherds to take their flocks for summer grazing. Alex and Peter get to grips with shearing, while Ruth takes the fleeces off to a wool mill to find out how it was processed and manufactured.

Dartmoor was already becoming a popular tourist attraction, popularized by Edwardian celebrities such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who made it the setting for his classic Sherlock Holmes crime thriller The Hound of the Baskervilles.

There's a visit from Rupert Acton - the team's land agent during their previous Victorian Farm adventure - who arrives with his family in a vintage Rolls Royce. The team have a picnic with them before exploring Dartmoor using historic maps that enable them to follow an authentic Edwardian hiking trail.

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59 minutes

Last on

Sat 15 Aug 2015 20:10
BBC Two Wales

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ProducerChris Mitchell
DirectorChris Mitchell
Executive ProducerDavid Upshal

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