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The Empty Fields: the agricultural strike of 1914
Author: Roy Brazier
ISBN: 0 86025 427 5
£6.25

In 1914 trades’ unions were feeling their way in Essex. Feelings ran high, spreading from villages (Steeple Bumpstead, Helions Bumpstead, Foxearth, and Ashdon) into town (Saffron Walden), and the adjoining counties of Cambridge and Suffolk. In June the Agricultural Labourers' Union demanded a rise of 6 pence a week, refused by the farmers. A strike was called, halting farmwork in the area. There was assault, intimidation, and rick burning. Strikebreakers were harshly dealt with, while strikers struggled to survive on pay from the Union.

64 pages, 6 photographs

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