pic reproduced courtesy of Poppyland publishing, Cromer, Norfolk
A bit of a first for my blog readers here. My EDP Weekend feature on Turnip Townshend (25 October 2014) had to be adapted because of the lack of an available picture of the great man. It became ' Humble crop was a turnip for the history books' with turnip pics to match. You, dear blogger, can have both this revised feature and - feature first below - the original, focused more closely on dear old Charles. Plus the photos they might have used, given world enough and time...
Viscount (‘Turnip’) Charles Townshend of Raynham –a Farmer for All Seasons
Ever wondered if you are in the wrong job?
But ‘Turnip’ Townshend was an undisputed world-leader in the scientific revolution of eighteenth century agriculture, to which he devoted his spare time, and ‘retirement’ (1730-1738.) It was a revolution led by rich landowners, farming large estates in Norfolk, especially ones underwritten by political influence and incomes outside farming. Like Coke of Holkham, Townshend inherited an estate totally unencumbered by debt and could afford to risk experiments, his successes then emulated by progressive but capital-inhibited yeomen farmers.
For more see the English Model Farm (Windgatherer Press) and ‘Turnip’ Townshend: Statesman and Farmer (Poppyland Publishing) by Susanna Wade Martins. For Gareth’s EDP Weekend features and playscripts on Norfolk notables see www.garethcalway.co.uk/ blog.
And here's how that feature was published in EDP Weekend on Saturday Oct 25.
Walpole needed a foreign policy that secured peace, prosperity and low taxes, taking the wind out of Jacobite sails and restoring a financial confidence shattered by the South Sea Bubble scandal. Walpole tried to keep Townshend, then in Hanover with George I, on message: “I wish to God we may at least for a little time remain neutral and look on, if all the rest of Europe does the same thing.”