Fenland People - The
images to the left depict family life in Lincolnshire
during the early 1930-50's; they are pictures of the Codd
family (my own family), taken at Southfields Farm,
Old Leake. Unfortunately the farm is no longer a working
farm, but a private residence. Previous to the golden age
of farming the fens were mostly under water. Anyone living
here lead an amphibious life, earning a living from hunting,
fishing etc. Farming started during the 1800 - 1900's when
effective drainage of the land created more arable land.
Land prices soared and Boston's population increased 3 fold.
Livestock, grain and potato farming increased, however; as arable
farming intensified there was a market reduction in permanent
pasture, which brought about the decline in livestock farming.
Today the golden age of farming is over, as my family
says "farming doesn't pay anymore".