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Death and danger while working the fields in 19th century Warwickshire

For our Victorian ancestors, agricultural work could be hard and dangerous - for some workers, it could literally be the death of them, finds Nell Darby

William Holtom - also spelled variously as Holton and Holtham - was an agricultural labourer in 19th century Warwickshire. He was employed by Sir Charles Mordaunt, who lived at Walton Hall, near Wellesbourne.

The hall may now be better known to readers as the Walton Hall Hotel, but was also once owned by entertainer Danny La Rue. However, back in the Victorian era, Sir Charles Mordaunt had asked Sir George Gilbert Scott to design a Gothic Revival home for himself, and the work was completed in 1862. His new mansion was set in hundreds of acres of land that required many employees to take care of it and farm it for the baronet.

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