John Hodgkins & John Millin
Farm Labourers

"We didn't expect the woman to be so aggressive”
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After two weeks without labour these two teenagers from Ramsden were hired and instructed to begin hoeing a certain field. 

As the lads neared the field gate they found awaiting them a crowd of about 40 women and girls. Whether this was a planned action or spontaneous we do not know.

 

It was suggested that some women sported sticks and used them to intimidate the lads but subsequently no proof of this could be produced, and the accepted scenario is that amongst jostling, joviality and suggestions the lads greatest threat came with the impromptu call to remove their trousers.

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