ST6253 : St Mary's Church, Ston Easton

taken 8 years ago, near to Ston Easton, Somerset, Great Britain

St Mary's Church, Ston Easton
St Mary's Church, Ston Easton
The church has its origins in the 12th century and was greatly restored in the 19th century. The tower is 15th century. The banner is advertising Plough Sunday.
Plough Sunday, coming on the first Sunday after the Epiphany was traditionally the Sunday set-aside especially to bless the plough before ploughing got off in earnest in preparation for the sowing of spring crops.
To many today it may seem irrelevant, and also rather odd that ploughing started as late as January. In today’s farming scene, the ploughs are in the fields almost as soon as the combines have finished harvesting.
But then, farming was very different. After harvest the stubbles were left to feed and fatten up poultry and geese. Geese especially, as it was always a goose that was served up at Michaelmas – an important feast day, more important even than Christmas. It was the end and the start of the farming year, it was a
quarter day, indeed it still is, and many of today’s farming tenancies are still set at quarter days, principally Michaelmas and Lady Day.
As most of the cereal crops grown were sown in the spring, ploughing did not start until after the Christmas festivities in January and February, giving time for the frost to break down the soil prior to sowing in March or April. Hence Plough Sunday coming in early January was the most appropriate time
to bless the plough, and pray for a successful harvest to come.
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Sunday, 17 January, 2010   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 17 January, 2010
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Church   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 624 534 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:16.7259N 2:32.4099W
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 623 534
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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