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Excerpt from The Journal of the Royal Agricultural Society of England, Vol. 10 I. - Farming of Lancashire. By William James Garnett. Prize Report. The county of Lancaster is a very important and a very influential one; but most assuredly its importance and influence do not arise from the excellence of its farming: whatever may be our character for skill in manufactures or success in commerce, we are sadly behind the rest of the world in agricultural attainments, and any traveller along the North-Western Railway, from the time of his entering, by crossing the Mersey near Warrington, to the time of his quitting Lancashire for Westmoreland, must, I fear, leave it with the impression that he has been passing through an ill-drained, badly cultivated, and neglected district. The northern part is decidedly the southern, but he would judge of it as a whole: and if, in the rapidity of his flight, his eye should perchance have rested for a moment on a good field of turnips or a clean stubble, a straight fence or a neatly-cut hedge, the oasis in the desert is so small, and the vision so fleeting, that it would have little effect in altering - or even, from the contrast with its neighbours, might rather tend to confirm - his opinion that the standard of farming in Lancashire is far below that of more southern counties he may have traversed in his journey. Now, however simple and easy a matter it may be to observe the fact, it is by no means easy at first sight to assign the reasons for this state of things. If he consider the great wealth and intelligence which undoubtedly are found amongst a large portion of the inhabitants of Lancashire, he might reasonably expect something better in the way of farming; and before I proceed to enter into the subject-matter of this report, I would venture briefly to advert to a few of the causes which may excuse, in some measure, the defects and short-comings of my native county. And first, let us look at the map of Lancashire. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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