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I came across these in the back of my shed , I thought it would be interesting to see if you know what these old forks are use for ……

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I initially thought they were broken :~)) Are they for lifting spuds to avoid spearing them on the tines?

18 Jan, 2010

amy
Amy
 

No pip squeak ......

18 Jan, 2010

 

Never seen anything like them before Amy ,are they used for airiating the lawn?

18 Jan, 2010

amy
Amy
 

No , sorry Tulsalady .........

18 Jan, 2010

 

Bulb planting

18 Jan, 2010

amy
Amy
 

No Pipsqueak ..sorry .......

18 Jan, 2010

 

OK last try. For lifting brittle rooted shrubs

18 Jan, 2010

 

Its a Turnip fork

18 Jan, 2010

 

At first I thought they were broken. I have one with 3 prongs. The fourth one snapped off while I was trying to dig up a very stuborn shrub.

I can't think what these would be for unless it is for some agricultural use with crops

18 Jan, 2010

 

If yours broke when digging up a shrub Hywel my last suggestion will have to be downsized to roses. Though Drc's answer has a knowing air about it :~))

18 Jan, 2010

 

Yes it sounds sensible.

18 Jan, 2010

 

Saw them a lot in Norfolk when I was a child Pipsqueak

18 Jan, 2010

 

Amy must have a lot of turnips to warrant owning 2 of them :~))

18 Jan, 2010

amy
Amy
 

Very close Drc , they probably were use for turnips but they did have a more specific use , I suppose we could argue that they could be used for any of these things ..

Shall I tell you ? .. .. I think Drc knows now ......

18 Jan, 2010

 

Please put us out of our misery.

18 Jan, 2010

 

? 4 Digging Up Potatoes Amy ?? Maybe Weeding ??? Errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrmmmmmmmmmm ??? Dont Know Really lol :)

18 Jan, 2010

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Amy
 

They were specifically made for lifting sugar beet , Drc ..i'm sure they were used for Turnips as well , very useful for that ! if you look at them you can see that they have long tines to dig deep for the sugar beet roots .. you wouldn't need that for Turnips as they sit on top of the soil ... . My husbands father was a farmer .......

18 Jan, 2010

 

Rrrrrrr Sugar Beet Forks !!! I should of Known Amy :)

18 Jan, 2010

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Amy
 

I thought you would get it straight away Jacque ...LOL...

18 Jan, 2010

 

! Yeah Rite lol :)

18 Jan, 2010

 

We lived near a sugar beet factory outside Kingslynn and were surrounded by farm land growing veg. For a time my mum was a nurse at the factory giving salt to the workers and treating the injuries. I saw these used to lift turnips, sugar beet forks the tines are very close together.

18 Jan, 2010

 

That Beet Factory is Long Gone Drc & now has a Power Station & Paper Factory in it place !!

18 Jan, 2010

 

Thanks Amy.

18 Jan, 2010

 

If you had'nt said what they where for i would'nt never have known.

18 Jan, 2010

 

never seen forks like these before................

18 Jan, 2010

 

interesting amy, i thought they were broken and it was a trick question lol

18 Jan, 2010

amy
Amy
 

I'm pleased that you were interested in them ... something a bit different for you to puzzle over ...

Drc ... my husband was an Agronomist at British Sugar for 18 yrs. at Wissington ... for eight weeks before the sugar beet campain started every year he had to go out with one of these forks to lift a sample from specific fields to access the yield , he said the tines have to be narrow so as not to damage the beet ..... I have sent a photo to be verified or not as the case may be , I will let you know whatever the result is ... :o)

18 Jan, 2010

 

Those that lived there must be glad its closed Jacque the smell used to be awful. but it employed a lot of people. Yes Amy thats why I thought these tines were too big but he would know as its 50 years since I seen them used.

18 Jan, 2010

amy
Amy
 

Drc , I had an old neighbour in here tonight in his 80's who remembers using these to lift beet one row at a time before machines .. can you imagine how hard that must have been and how long it took to do a field .. .. my husband has taken the photo with him to a Sugar Beet Seed meeting tonight , just to get a second opinion ... .. .. LOL.....
Yes the smell was awful , it made me feel sick sometimes .... did you know they grow acres of tomatoes at the factory now , most of the ones in the supermarkets come from BSc ....

18 Jan, 2010

 

Didnt know about the tomatoes Amy but perhaps that explains why to this day I cannot eat raw tomatoes? lol

18 Jan, 2010

amy
Amy
 

They have acres of glass houses heated from the factory , they don't use any soil at all , the roots grow in long pipes , they are then sold in packs with a picture of a farmer on the front and made to look as though they are grown locally in someones garden .... I like tomatoes , I like to pick my own out of the greenhouse and eat them before I reach the house . :o)

18 Jan, 2010

 

My friends husband collects old tools, but I've not seen any like these amongst his collection. Interesting story, Amy.

18 Jan, 2010

amy
Amy
 

Thanks PG , it's not the kind of fork you would generally find in a garden shed is it ? :o)

18 Jan, 2010

 

Sorry did not know the answer, being a farmers daughter I should have.....used to live within a few miles of sugar beet factory near Kidderminster, could be smelt for miles, it usually rained if you could smell the beet, not sorry to have moved away, it was a most sickly smell.

19 Jan, 2010

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Amy
 

You will never forget that smell DD ... as you know Kidderminster has been closed for a long time .. there use to be 17 factorys , now there are only 4 proccessing more sugar beet than when 17 were open .. 18'000 tons a day at Wissington ..... :o)

19 Jan, 2010

 

Thanks for that info Amy.

19 Jan, 2010

 

Perhaps for making rude gestures!!! Just a thought!!
I've never been to Kidderminster but was due to go on a coach to see my team Grays Athletic play there but the match was postponed due to the weather. I might never go now. Glad I didn't go when it was finally played on Tuesday. We lost 4-1!!!

31 Jan, 2010

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Amy
 

LOL I can only imagine what you would have used the fork for there Paul ..!

31 Jan, 2010

 

Well I could just put the fork in our goal mouth. It would do as good job as our defence and goalie at keeping the goals out!!!

31 Jan, 2010

amy
Amy
 

That bad is it ... come and support Norwich City Paul .. Delia will welcome you .. LOL....

31 Jan, 2010

 

Wouldn't fancy eating the pies there. 'Let's BE 'Avin Yer!!!!!'

31 Jan, 2010

 

Paul it is a good place to say Goodbye to. believe me you missed nothing, I was born there and so was my husband, ruined by planners!!!

31 Jan, 2010

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Can't say that i've ever tried them Paul .. .. I can't HEAR you !! you'll have to SHOUT LOUDER , how embarrassing was that .. LOL.. she'll never live that down .. ........

What a shame Dd , I lived at Hereford for a year when I was younger so have been to Kidderminster , I thought it was pretty :o)

1 Feb, 2010

 

Oh, right thanks DottyD. I don't feel so bad that I missed the match now!! I went to Worcester to see my team a few weeks ago. That looked a nice town. I'm not sure how far that is from Kiddy.
Yes, Amy, not her best moment!

1 Feb, 2010

 

i thaught they were farmers to pick there nose lol xx

21 Feb, 2010

 

Good blog Amy. I really had no idea (being born and bred in London - not much agriculture going on there ! ). I was rather hoping they were used for toasting extremely large marshmallows over fires, but that's me thinking with my stomach again ! ... lol. :-))

3 May, 2010

 

you sure the odd farmer didnt pick his nose at least once with one of them amy lol . i hope your well . take care bye for now xx.

3 May, 2010

amy
Amy
 

Thanks Muddy .. I like that idea I would love a huge mug of drinking chocolate with one of your large toasted Marshmallow floating on it Mmm Yummy ...:o))

He would have to be a giant with a nose to match Leigh , I don't think so ! we are well thanks , hope you are to xx

3 May, 2010

 

yes i am surprisingly well amy thanx unlike the weather lol .its like a storms going to hit hear .bye the way little sid my pug has mated with my chug blanche which narrow minded me didnt think he would do yet so im going to have 7 week old sharpeis and a litter of minny pug type dogs a day old lol .in for a penny in for a pound i guess lol . i was going to get them all desexed in about 7 weeks . isnt nature a wonderfull thing xx .

3 May, 2010

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Amy
 

Wow .. you are going to have a house full Leigh , whatever will you do with them all , can you sell them ?
We haven't had a storm yet but it's been horrible , wet and cold ...xx

3 May, 2010

 

yes ill get homes for them i just didnt expect a second batch realy but youve got to go with what youve got and ill be ready for the second lot after the first lot a bit like handing your older childrens clothes down to your younger childrens lol . as it goes little cross breeds are called designer dogs thanx to paris hilton .the chawowa x pug is called a chug so it could be very good lol .ill keep my fingers crossed and keep you posted lol xx ,.

3 May, 2010

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