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Malhamdale Farm Survey 1942

When the Second World War began, Britain was faced with the need to increase home food production and the area of land under cultivation had to be increased significantly. The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries set up County War Agricultural Executive Committees (County War Ags) to oversee this increased food production.
They had powers to direct what was grown, to take possession of land, to terminate tenancies, to inspect property, and to organise mobile groups of farm workers. One of the first tasks was to direct a ploughing-up campaign with large expanses of grassland being prepared for cultivation and instructions given as to what should be planted.
To assist in this campaign, a preliminary farm survey was started in June 1940 and farms were classified A, B, or C depending on their productive state (ie. the physical condition of the land) and the managerial efficiency (or otherwise) of the farmer (in extreme cases land was taken over by the local Committee). The "War Ag" instructed farmers to plough part of their land and plant alternative crops, as can be seen in the extracts below.
Having reached their initial goals the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries then started a 2nd survey to be used in forward planning, which like Domesday would provide a "permanent and comprehensive record of the conditions on the farms of England and Wales". The National Farm Survey undertaken by district committees consisting of experienced farmers, and was begun in early 1941 and completed by the end of 1943. Every farm and holding of five acres or more was surveyed in addition to the information already gathered in a census return of farms completed by the farmers on June 4th 1941, which had included crop acreage, livestock numbers, information on rents and their length of occupancy.
The records created by the inspectors for each farm included information on the conditions of tenure and occupation, and the general state of the farm including its fertility, adequacy of equipment, water and electricity supplies, weeds or pest infestations, and general management, and a map showing the fields and boundaries for each farm was also produced.

View the National Archives National Farm Survey Leaflet External Website logo for further information.

Using the Farm Survey Information

The farm survey records for Malhamdale held at the National Archives, were photographed and the information transcribed into tables, making it easier to display and read. The tables for each farm are arranged by the Township the farm lies in, and links to all the farm details are on the relevant Township page.

This page offers three ways to access the data:

1.     By Township - If known, this can be found by selecting the relevant area on the Township map below. This will open a page for that township where each individual farm is listed along with links to the survey data and relevant map.

Each township was given a code and each farm a suffix number, for example Dykelands Farm (1), situated in the township of Scosthrop (474) has a code 474-1, and the survey maps indicate the fields belonging to a particular farm using that identification and a colour code.

2. By Location - The right hand Survey Areas locator shows the coverage of the individual survey maps and you can browse the actual map by selecting the area. (Note : the map windows can be resized.)

3.      By Farm Name - To search for a known farm, at the bottom of the page you will find an Aphabetical List of Farms surveyed, with links to the relevant Township page where further details can be found.

Township Map
Select the area to view the Township page and find
individual farm details.
Survey Areas
Select an area to view the relevant survey map (re-sizeable)
Township Map

Alphabetical List of Farms
Accraplatts Farm 459-2 Garris Farm 437-6 Holme House Farm 463-7 Middle House Farm 464-2 Prior Hall Farm 463-2
Calton Hall Farm 399-2 Garris House Farm 437-5 Hurries Farm 469-1 Myersfield Farm 463-15 Priory Farm 463-10
Capon Hall Farm 464-1 Garris Lodge Farm 437-8 Ingham House Farm 455-2 Nelson Farm 399-5 Scosthrop House Farm 474-2
Cherries Farm 463-11 Gordale House Farm 463-8 Kirkby Top Farm 459-6 New Close Farm 459-8 Skellands Farm 474-3
Church End Farm 459-3 Green Farm 459-1 Kirksyke Farm 437-4 New House Farm 463-6 Stoneybers Farm 474-4
Crakemoor Farm 462-5 Grove Farm 469-3 Lea Gate Farm 463-1 Newfield Grange Farm 399-6 Tennant House Farm 463-9
Cross Stones Farm 437-1 Hanlith Hall Farm 455-1 Legrams Farm 437-7 Ormsgill Green Farm 437-9 Town Head 463-13
Dykelands Farm 474-1 High Trenhouse 464-4 Lower Trenhouse 464-3 Otterburn Hall Farm 469-5 Town Head Farm 463-5
Flatt House Farm 455-3 Hill House Farm 469-2 Manor Farm 437-3 Otterburn Lodge Farm 469-4 West Bank farm 459-5
Friar Garth Farm 463-3 Hill Top Farm 463-4 Manor Farm 399-4 Park House Farm 437-2 Windy Pike Farm 455-3
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