chapter  7
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Farms and Farmworkers

IT is impossible to give a general description of British farming and farm life during the industrial revolution. It differed from district to district, from farm to farm. Many factors, historical and geographical, enter into the story. Only one broad statement can safely be made: the amount of food produced from the land greatly increased. With a population that more than doubled between 1760 and 1830, British farmland continued to supply almost all the food that was eaten. Very little was imported, mainly tea, sugar and other articles that could not be homegrown. During the long wars with France, food was scarce and dear but there was no actual famine.