Farming in the village

In Bradwell there were three farms.

  • Manor Farm, where the youth hostel is today. Mr. Foulkes was the farmer, who had a herd of cattle from which he delivered milk around the village.
  • Home Farm, which is still here today. Mr. Morris was the farmer. He also had a good herd of cattle and used to deliver milk around the village.
  • Glebe Farm, which was of the bottom of Abbey Road, past the junction with Primrose Road. Mr. King was the farmer there.

A lot of the fields around Bradwell had not been ploughed for many years, but with the start of the war the country had to produce a lot more food to feed itself. This meant a lot of the land around Bradwell was ploughed again. This included the land between Common Lane and Loughton Village.

Orders to plough:
Help for the farmers

The Women's Land Army was set up again, like it was in WWI, to help the farmers. The women were recruited to work on the land because a lot of the men had gone off to war. The Land Army ladies who helped in the village, lived in hostels at Newport Pagnell and Bletchley. They would come over and help the farmers at busy times.

Prisoners of war were also brought into the village to help.


Mangels were one of the main crops grown in fields near the village, they were grown as cattle and sheep food.

A mangel was like a big turnip and it rooted on the surface of the ground. When the plants were young the soil had to be hand hoed around them and then at the end of the year they were hand harvested. The Women's Land Army would help with both jobs.

The mangels were stored in a clamp. Once they were matured they were no longer poisonous and were safe to use as animal food.

Mangel Harvesting:
Turners Nurseries

An area in the middle of the village was taken up by Turners Nurseries, which before the war grew flowers. With the start of the war they then had to grow food instead, such as, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce and rhubarb

War in the Village
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