Coke of Holkham
Posted by John W on July 22, 1998 at 04:12:47:
In response to um,, written by Caroline on July 22, 1998 at 02:30:51
One of the great men of the 18/19th cent. 1752-1842. Raised to the Peerage as Earl of Leicester 1837. Improved the breed of sheep, cattle pigs and cereal crops, multiplied the product of a run-down estate
manifold.. His great contribution was that he spread the good practise which enabled Britain to feed its increasing population by propaganda--for instance by his regular 'shearings' when any farmer who wanted to see the new methods and get help to implement them could go to Holkham. With 'Turnip' Townshend he revolutionised agriculture by scientific rotation of crops, and by growing root crops to enable cattle and sheep to be fed in large numbers through the winter. He was a reformer in Parliament, and an all-round good egg!
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