Shocking practices of Cippenham villagers

Cippenham Agriculture 1909/1910

Cippenham Villagers shocking up corn 1909/10. Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies D11/12/14

This image shows Cippenham villagers indulging in the long-forgotten practice of “shocking up”. Corn stalks were gathered into bundles, placed upright and bound up, so that they would dry out. The image is one from a delightful photograph album currently held by the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies. On the inside cover, the following inscription is written:

Cippenham Court Farm
Slough Bucks
in the years 1909; 1910; 1911

Ernest Headington was the farmer at this time. His sister, Edith married Frederic Bayley who was grandfather of Michael Bayley the owner of the original album of photographs from which these are copied.

A H Packe
July 1969

The photographs in the album capture many other agricultural practices of the past, such as hurdle making and the use of horses for ploughing and hoeing.

Returning to the “shocking” photograph above, it would be interesting to know where it was taken. The houses in the background, almost certainly gone now, could have been off Cippenham Lane near the village Centre. Cippenham Court farm was very extensive, however, not only covering a lot of Cippenham but spanning over Britwell and Salt Hill.

For the story of how Cippenham Court Farm’s land became The Slough Trading Estate, see here.



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