Original Old Guernsey Farming Pictures and Photos.

Guernsey has always been famous for both its agricultural and its horticultural farming industry, and as this has been going on for many many decades I thought it would be nice to share with you a selection of old Guernsey farming photos that a friend who grew up on the island has agreed to loan to me. Many of these pictures feature farming equipment that will very soon vanish if not at least preserved in the form of pictures.

I hope these old farming tools are kept as long as possible in museums, but the sad thing is that many of these implements have already been allowed to rust away in fields and barns, and the best we can hope for is to see reproductions of them, or as in this case galleries of photos of them.

I am sure you will find these photos a fabulous nostalgia trip of times gone by, especially seeing men and women working in the fields in the old fashioned way with horses, pitchforks, threshers etc, and building haystacks the original way without the use of modern machinery.

 I would like to thank our good friend Charlie Browning (now in his 70's), for allowing me to use these photos from his personal collection. Charlie grew up on Guernsey and comes from a farming background here on the island, in fact what he doesn't know about old style farming probably isn't worth knowing.

Charlie is capable of both putting together, and naming every part of a horse harness for every aspect of work they may have been needed for in the farming days where horses were used more than machinery. As I only recently discovered, there were many different types of harness used on working horses that differed according to what work the horse was being used for at the time. In addition to this Charlie is able to name every piece of old style farming equipment pictured here, and explain exactly what it was used for, and how to use it step by step. This information should be preserved before it vanishes altogether as the older generations gradually die out.

My favourite historical photo in this article has to be the one that heads this hub, mainly because I am fascinated by the idea of using cattle rather than horses to pull the carriages of the era. An amazing image of a sadly bygone era.

I hope you all enjoyed this blast from the past as much as I did.

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hafeezrm 7 years ago from Pakistan

Nice photos. Thanks for sharing

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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks hafeezrm, glad you liked them :)

diogenes 7 years ago

Farming hadn't changed much when I was working on farms in Romney and Yorkshire in the 50's. I drove tractors like those and was especially moved at seeing the threshing set-up with the old, tractor driven thresher. I did that and it was the hardest, most miserable labour you can believe! I was 15 at the time...Bob

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hypnodude 7 years ago from Italy

Wonderful misty, I love old pictures. Now I'll go checking the other hubs. Well done.

Linda Myshrall 7 years ago

Misty, These are fantastic!! I lived on a farm in middle Tennessee for the summer months, and, as you say, many of these tools sit out in the fields just rusting away. I had to smile when I saw the picture of the mule... my grandfather had one named Dan that was 'retired,' but he couldn't bring himself to part with. I loved this, Misty, and please thank your friend for allowing you to share the photos.

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dinkan53 7 years ago from India

top nostalgic feeling while watching these pictures.memories of farmhouse, any way fantastic pictures. Thanks for sharing

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fishtiger58 7 years ago from Momence, Illinois

Great pictures, I especially like the one of the Guernsey Van very unusual cart, wagon, Van??

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H P Roychoudhury 7 years ago from Guwahati, India

Nice. very useful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Hi Bob, thanks so much for commenting and sharing your memories with us. I am glad this did bring back some good ones for you too :)

Thanks Hypnodude, I love old photos too, they just remind me of a better and safer era gone by :)

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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Hi Linda, I love mules, they are cute and stubborn. Glad your Grandfather kept Dan and didn't get rid of him once he could no longer work.

Thanks Dinkan53, pleased these gave you a nostalgia buzz.

Hi fishtiger, thanks for commenting. Anything pulled by a horse would be a cart or a carriage, hope that helps :)

Hi HP, thanks for commenting and glad you liked them too.

john mccredie 7 years ago

yes, lovely photos. the poignant nature of time that has passed and is no more...


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Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

Terrific photos and hub, thank you Misty.

We had one of those old winnowing machines in our barn. I recogized it, and know how it's used. I betcha very few other people did.

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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks John, so glad you liked the pictures and memories they stimulate.

Hi Paradise, wow, you should write about that as loads of people won't have a clue how a winnowing machine was used, (even I don't know without questioning Charlie). Thanks for the comment :)

Pure 7 years ago

These are fantastic!!Nice. very useful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

glad you liked them

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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Hi Pure,

Thanks so much for the feedback :)

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tonymac04 7 years ago from South Africa

Charlie Browning must be an interesting character and those photos of his are great. I love such old photos for the glimpses they give one into a life that is past.

Thanks so much for sharing these!

Love and peace


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Hi Tony, thanks for dropping in. Yes Charlie is certainly quite a character and full of information and knowledge on the old Guernsey ways of life.

AlMorr 4 years ago

Hi Cindy, Just discovered those lovely photographs of Guernsey in the 1920's, its a bit like looking at old photographs of my family in an old black and white album I was shown recently by my sister. I notice that there is a St Andrews in Guernsey, many French sounding names as well, of course you are very close to France. In these farming photographs of animals I saw the Clydesdale horse before modern farming methods of now a days were used. These animals originated near to where I live in Lanarkshire, once a again Cindy, lovely photo's of by gone days.



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mistyhorizon2003 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks Alan, I am delighted you liked these so much and they helped take you on a trip down memory lane. It is true we are very close to France, and most of the local roads and surnames are French, although often Guernsey Patois French as opposed to standard French (very similar but not exactly the same). The island here is divided into Parishes, each with their own Church. Most of these have names like St Sampson, St Andrew, St Peter Port (the main town), St Saviour etc, although there are a few exceptions like Torteval, Vale and Castel.

Catch up soon



AlMorr 4 years ago

Thanks Cindy, just looked at Google photographs of Guernsey, beautiful



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mistyhorizon2003 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

I have a few hubs on Guernsey as well if you ever want to find out more about it. They have some excellent photos too :)



.bobbycat1964@hotmail.com 3 years ago

great to see gus my grandfather down le bigard farm with the best family. the brouards tom tought me a lot and this is a part of what i knew

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mistyhorizon2003 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks for the feedback bobbycat, great stuff :)

Yvonne Le Pelley 2 years ago

Wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing!

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mistyhorizon2003 2 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

So pleased you enjoyed them Yvonne, thanks for commenting.

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