‘Buy logs, never, not in a hundred years, we’d never buy logs.’ Women and the rural economy, Oxfordshire c. 1945-1970

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This paper, by Angela Davis (2008) investigates how women in postwar Oxfordshire contributed to the family income through their labour both inside and outside the home, with traditional means such as growing vegetables:

Everybody had big allotments as well as their gardens. Both men and women toiled on these; into late evenings they would work, growing enough potatoes and other vegetables to last all the year round. Children, too, helped their parents with picking up potatoes, hoeing, and weeding.5

The paper is based on oral history interviews with ninety-two women from different locations in Oxfordshire. . . For full text click here: Buy Logs, Women and the rural economy, Oxfordshire c. 1945-1970

Angela Davis Department of History, The University of Warwick (angrla.davis@warwick.ac.uk)

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