Farmland Use, as reported by the Agricultural Census

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Year Permanent Grass Arable
1920 198,432 Show data context 208,730 Show data context
1921 204,381 Show data context 202,505 Show data context
1930 232,836 Show data context 160,325 Show data context
1931 238,692 Show data context 153,477 Show data context
1940 229,661 Show data context 156,581 Show data context
1941 205,184 Show data context 181,739 Show data context
1950 146,270 Show data context 237,503 Show data context
1951 151,083 Show data context 231,821 Show data context
1960 141,989 Show data context 239,007 Show data context
1961 143,039 Show data context 235,631 Show data context
1970 115,802 Show data context 255,786 Show data context
1971 115,102 Show data context 257,390 Show data context
Date: Source:
1920 - 1971 Ministry of Agriculture, Agricultural Statistics (HM Stationery Office) ,


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The Agricultural Census was not primarily a land use survey, but it did record the area of 'Arable Land' in each farm, and the area of 'Permanent Grass'. The latter was sometimes sub-divided into grass 'for Hay' and 'not for Hay'. The Scottish Farm Census in 1961 classified grassland not into 'Permanent' and 'Rotation' but into grassland aged over and under 7 years old; we treat the latter as being equivalent to 'rotation', and therefore as arable. We do not include the area of 'Rough Grazings' here as it was not r...

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Date accessed: 22nd May 2022