The earliest farming club was established at Faversham (Kent) in 1727, but its character seems to have been largely social. A number of clubs were formed from the late 18th century onwards, with numbers reaching their peak in the 1830s. They met for regular discussion of farming practices, and some had libraries and organized visits to well‐known farms. They were formed under the patronage of local landowners and their paternal character is revealed by the awards made to labourers and servants for loyal service. See also agricultural societies.