September 2014

Fen Farming Family: Putting you in the Picture by Lesley Goad

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A celebration of a fen farming family that touched the world

At first glance we see a family with a 400 year history of living in the familiar Cambridgeshire villages of Longstanton, Swavesey and Stretham.  We meet dairy maids, pig jobbers, cheese makers and dairy farmers.

Delving deeper, we encounter mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and cousins living, loving and dying, in London’s metropolis and the far reaches of the British empire and its former colonies.

We discover a skeleton in the closet; stories of the Indian Mutiny; caring for the wounded during the horrors of WWI in France; emigrants to Canada; passengers on the Lusitania. There is bravery on the Arctic convoys in WWII, leading to undying gratitude, the Albert Medal and a meeting with royalty.

Lesley Goad began her research after a family “Goad Fest” and uncovered these tales and touching love stories too. Ultimately, they always return to the fen farming homes in the villages of Swavesey and Stretham.

Part of the proceeds from the sale of this book will go towards research into Parkinson’s Disease, in memory of Sarah (Sally) Goad.

Copies are available directly from the author. Please email Lesley Goad at

ISBN: 978-0-9929289-0-2


328 pages with illustrations, photographs and colour insert.

RRP: £24