As featured in the new TV series ‘Home Fires’
Winning the war on the farm in England owes a great deal to the Fordson Model N which was built at Dagenham where 136000 were made during those years of conflict. Earlier versions had been made in Cork in Ireland from 1933 before manufacturing was later transferred to Essex. More often referred to as The Standard Fordson models a can be found in three different colours orange,green and then blue. I don’t know how true it is but I am told that the change from orange to green was to camouflage them from passing Luftwaffe though that probably refers to the storage area in Dagenham rather than the odd tractor working in the fields.
The tractor had a PTO facility(Power Take Off) which meant that power could be taken from the stationary tractor to work pumps, threshing machines and other separate equipment.
So it was the tractor that most Land Girls learnt to use and helped us win the war by producing so much food at home out of every little bit of land thus saving so much valuable cargo space on the Atlantic convoys bring the arms and supplies that were so badly needed.
In 1945 the Fordson E27N Major with far more refinements. For the first time farmers could purchase a tractor from the dealer fully equipped with 3PL, PTO, full electrics and an adjustable-width front axle, allowing the tractor to work row-crops. A further entry to come about the Fordson Major.
Limited Edition Giclée print ‘ A Straight Furrow ‘is still available see website