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DO YOU REMEMBER: A day on the farm in Sarratt in the 1980s

 Published on: 27th December 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

This historical photo takes us all the way back to October 21, 1987, and shows a special day out for some young city children getting a first-hand experience of a more rural lifestyle.

In the picture, you can see farmer Michael Bell, who operated out of Cherry Tree Farm in Sarratt, a site that still remains on the outskirts of the village and nearby Chipperfield. He’s leading a horse carrying a cart full of children, and his wife Mary, on a short ride around the fields.

The children who came to the farm that day were ones from a nearby city, most likely London, who were unused to the ways of country living, especially the life of a working farmer. They had also never seen farm animals up close before.

Other photos from the day show the children enjoying taking part in various activities, including the collecting of recently laid eggs from henhouses, feeding pigs, petting sheep and giving seed to chickens.

Do you have any memories of rural life in Croxley and Sarratt, or any other old photos of both villages? If so, feel free to send them to us at, and they could feature in a future edition of the magazine.

Photo credit: Paul Fievez, ANL, Shutterstock

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