2 JUNE 1939, Page 19


A Great Centenary

It is a hundred years since the first Royal Agricultural Show was held; and this year's centenary show in Windsor Park should interest historians as well as farmers, the public as well as the specialist. I have been looking at a collection of bill-hooks, axes and ploughs used a hundred years ago; and they differ very little from those in use today. The note of the show (as of a great show held last year in Copenhagen) will be the comparison of the 1839 and 1939 farm equipment —in buildings as well as in tools. Yet when all is said, the real accomplishment has been in the perfection not of implements but of stock. The pure breeds of domestic animals, poultry excepted, now living on English farms must exceed a hundred, and all will be seen in perfection at Windsor.