The area around Thornbury was mainly agricultural. Some crops were grown but much of the land was used to raise cattle and pigs. There were many apple and pear orchards. Milk, cheese, bacon and good quality cider and perry were produced locally.
Farmers took their cattle, sheep and pigs to the market in Thornbury until 1996, when the town’s livestock market closed. The nearest livestock market is now 45 minutes away.
Young Farmers groups have flourished locally but even not-so-young farmers take the occasional day off and go on a spree, as pictured here.