Crops - Produce
The county has long been noted for its abundant produce of fine wheat and barley. The vale of Bedford is one of the most extensive corn districts. The cultivation of woad, mentioned by former writers as carried on to a considerable extent in Bedforshire, has long been wholly laid aside. Three hundred acres were lately let for this purpose at 7l. per acre at Tyringham and Lathbury, in the neighbouring county of Buckingham; but at the expiration of two years, the term for which this land was taken, the persons concerned in the culture took some land in Northamptonshire for the same purpose, at a lower rent. In some parts of Bedfordshire, particularly in the Parish of Sandy, garden vegetables are raised in considerable quantities for the supply of neighbouring towns. In the Southern part of the county are many large dairy farms, the produce of which, being chiefly butter, is conveyed to the London markets.
Extract from: Lysons' Magna Britannia being a concise topographical account of several counties of Great Britain by the Rev. Daniel Lysons, A.M., F.R.S. F.A. and L.S. Rector of Rodmarton in Gloucestershire and Samuel Lysons, Esq., F.R.S. and F.A.S. Keeper of His Majesty's Records in the Tower of London, 1806
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