Images from the past

Mowing the grass in one of the orchards in the 1930s. There was a tradition of naming the working horses Punch or Colonel, for over 100 years!
This shows a working horse from a nearby farm, probably in the 1920s or 1930s
Most of what are now meadows at Scadbury were once fruit orchards. Apples, cherries, pears and plums were all grown here. This picture from the mid 20th century shows pickers with Bramley cooking apples. The wicker baskets are branded 'M-T' for Marsham Townshend.
Looking across the apple orchards towards the large 19th century house where the owner of Scadbury lived. The house burned down in 1976, a few months after Major Marsham-Townshend died.
The Government made grants available to farmers to clear old orchards. After the trees were removed, most of the land was used for grazing cattle or growing hay. Here the orchard in the background has already been cleared and ploughed.
Cattle are grazing in the fields in the distance in this picture from the late 1960s while the tractor driver takes a break from turning hay to help it dry before baling.