Somerset Voices: Peter Lovell (b.1921)

Peter Lovell was one of the last peat hand cutting workers on the moors around Sharpham on the Somerset Levels. Mr Lovell began cutting peat by hand in the 1930s and witnessed the mechanisation of the industry in the 1960s. He worked for Fisons peat merchants and saw the decline of the industry, and the new emphasis on environmental conservation.

Listen to Peter and read the transcript.


1 Comment

  1. anuradha said,

    October 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    In those days the manual labor was too much, the present generation ought to know about it. Wee have become techno savvy where all our tasks have been made easier with the scientific machines. This is a reason behind the longer life span of the people in the times of history. It does take a lot to work with wheel barrow; this is easy to now with advancement in technology. Hey, can we even try doing that?

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