Total number of farms and smallholdings

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Year Total Number of Holdings
1920 16,859 Show data context
1931 17,220 Show data context
1950 17,386 Show data context
1960 16,844 Show data context
1970 12,961 Show data context
Date: Source:
1920 - 1970 Ministry of Agriculture, Agricultural Statistics (HM Stationery Office) ,


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The Farm Census usually lists the total number of holdings, i.e. the overall number of farms. This usually excluded holdings of less than an acre, and of course holdings of more than an acre but less than, say, 5 acres would usually be described as smallholdings rather than farms.

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, Devon AdmC through time | Agriculture and Land Use Statistics | Total number of farms and smallholdings, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 10th August 2022