September Snapshot in 5: Nottinghamshire

This September ‘Snapshot in 5 post’ features the work of the WLA in Nottinghamshire.

1. A page from a WLA photograph album on the work of Land Girls in Retford.

WLA Retford Album Page 1

Source: Catherine Procter WLA Collection

2. A newspaper article on Notts county organiser Marjorie Haigh celebrating her work.

Newspaper Article on Marjorie Haigh celebrating her work as county organiser.

3. Land Girl Winifred Priestley in her WLA uniform, ready to chop trees in Nottinghamshire forests.

4. The WLA reunion badge collection, collected by Land Girl veteran Joan Alice Boffin (née Stokes)

Source: Joan Alice Boffin (née Stokes) collection

5.  Doris Una Ball (née Palmer) reflecting on her time working on a farm in Nottinghamshire.

The hours were long and arduous beginning at 6.00 am, tumbling out of bed at 5.30 am in the Winter shivering with cold. I’d hurriedly struggle into khaki knee breeches, jumper and wellington boots and splash my face from the cold water tap in the kitchen. Then race outside to the bucket lavatory with a board over it with a hole in it. The farm manager brewed tea and after quickly gulping it down it was then outside, whatever the weather to begin the day’s work.

Source: BBC People’s War

Further information on the WLA in Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire WLA Recruitment Figures


Land Girls employed in Nottinghamshire from April 1940 to 1947, calculated from the returns published in The Land Girl magazine.

In April 1940, Nottinghamshire employed 52 Land Girls. By October 1943, 1405 Land Girls worked in the county.

Staff members

Chairman: The Lady Sibell Argles, White Lodge, Thoresby Park, Ollerton, Notts

Secretary: Miss N.Moore, The Women’s Land Army Office, The Kennels, Thoresby Park, Ollerton, Notts.


Beetroot For Breakfast: Tales from the Land Girls of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, John Ward.

Other sources

Find out more

Did you or a member of family work in Nottinghamshire as a Land Girl? If so, then get in touch.

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