Young people from Rutland County College will be researching the farming heritage of Rutland, England’s smallest County. They will begin their search by visiting Home Farm in Great Casterton, owned by Richard Lamb.
Great Casterton was heavily forested prior to the Roman invasion but even at such an early date there may have been some small farmsteads in existence. Much later, in 1085, it was recorded in the Domesday Book that Casterton was part of the Royal Manor and the area around the village was predominantly forest and agricultural land and to the present day the village is still a farming community.
In addition to the farm visits, they young participants will also visit a private collection of agricultural machinery owned by Ron Knight, The Rutland County Museum and Leicestershire Record Office. Under the guidance of the archivists they will look at historic documents, some dating from the Middle Ages, including maps, books, photographs and archive film.