SY8497 : Ploughed field, West Down

taken 8 years ago, near to Lower Street, Dorset, Great Britain

Ploughed field, West Down
Ploughed field, West Down
The field has recently been prepared for the next crop.
The earliest form of cultivation consisted simply of scratching the soil with a branch or antler to enable a seed to be buried. Early ploughs did no more than this. Later models were designed to bury the remains of the previous crop and surface debris.
The Romans designed a plough with stout iron teeth mounted on a wooden sole which turned the soil. Celts and Romans, using light ploughs, adopted the practice of cross-ploughing, so that their fields tended to be almost square. The Saxons, using a heavy, eight-oxen plough, made their fields long to reduce the number of turns. The old English furlong, one-eighth of a mile, is derived from ‘furrow long’.
The earliest mould-board plough, similar to that used today, dates from Saxon times. But the really modern mould-board dates from the 18th century with the introduction of iron. Double-furrow ploughs, pulled by two horses, were common until tractors were introduced. Today, powerful tractors pull banks of ploughs which cut many furrows at the same time.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 13 September, 2009   (more nearby)
Monday, 14 September, 2009
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 848 978 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:46.8124N 2:12.9581W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 849 978
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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