The Agricultural Revolution 02
Oilseed rape was not rotated in the Norfolk system.

The Agricultural Revolution 02

This KS3 History quiz takes a second look at the Agricultural Revolution. Not all historians agree about the Agricultural Revolution. One thing is certain though, between 1700 and 1850, agricultural production just about doubled. At the time, the population of England was rapidly increasing. If farmers had not been able to grow more crops and rear more animals, large numbers of people would have starved and the Industrial Revolution would have been slowed down.

A number of people are credited with being important in the development of agriculture in the 18th and 19th centuries. Charles Townshend was a politician and a farmer. He strongly promoted the Norfolk system of crop rotation which earned him the nickname of "Turnip". A farmer called Robert Bakewell carried out a programme of selective breeding of sheep, cattle and horses. As a result of his work, new breeds of sheep that gave better wool were developed as well as bigger horses and cattle specifically grown to provide beef. Thomas Coke introduced better grasses for animal grazing and also publicised his work and the work of others through his agricultural shows.

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  1. Who introduced the Norfolk four-course crop rotation?
    Charles Townshend was a wealthy landowner
  2. Which crop was not rotated in the Norfolk system?
    Wheat was the fourth crop
  3. Which was not true of the new crop rotation system?
    It was not a legal requirement for farmers
  4. Who shared and spread new ideas?
    Sheep shearing competitions were one idea of his
  5. Jethro Tull famously invented a horse-drawn…what?
    It planted seeds straight and at the same depth
  6. The old method of scattering seeds by hand was .......
    Seeds could be blown away or eaten by birds as they were not buried in the soil
  7. Who helped to produce healthier and heavier animals?
    He was the first person to breed cattle specifically for slaughtering to provide beef
  8. Bakewell's methods were known as what?
    His programme of selective breeding was mentioned by Charles Darwin in his theory of evolution. He said it was good evidence that species could change over long periods of time
  9. Jethro Tull's book of 1731 had what title?
    He believed that plants used the soil for food. No-one knew about photosynthesis at that time
  10. Which other historical event greatly helped farmers?
    Farm machinery could now be made of iron instead of wood

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