Adrian Bell

Adrian Bell was born in London but at the age of 20, with no farming experience, he was apprenticed to Vic Savage, a yeoman farmer in Carlton Colville near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk in order to learn about agriculture. Over the next 60 years Bell farmed intermittently at various locations and with varying success, including the rebuilding of a near-derelict 89-acre smallholding at Redisham, near Beccles. His farming was interspersed with periods of writing books and articles, including, from 1950, a regular column in the Eastern Daily Express called the Countryman’s Notebooks.

Adrian Bell wrote of his exhaustion after a days work in the fields, saying that he often sat in front of the fire without the energy to remove his buskins and boots.

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