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Some years ago the land was sold to people from the nearby city who may someday build a house on the site. The threshing machines in this barn stood idle for many years before that.
Until the 1950s the threshers would have been driven by horse-power. The old neighbour who came past while I was taking the photographs said that when he was a boy the horses were pensioned off and the threshers were driven by an engine that stood outside in the yard with a drive shaft coming through the wall. His main memory was of the deafening noise that it all made.
A Scotsman Andrew Meikle is generally acknowledged as having invented the threshing machine towards the end of the 18th Century.
The Household Cyclopedia of 1881 had this to say about it: “The thrashing machine is the most valuable implement in the farmer's possession, and one which adds more to the general produce of the country, than any invention hitherto devised. The saving of manual labor thereby obtained is almost incalculable; while the work is performed in a much more perfect manner than was formerly practicable ...”
This threshing barn is a place forgotten several times over.