SU0125 : Ploughing, Fifield Bavant

taken 7 years ago, near to Fifield Bavant, Wiltshire, Great Britain

Ploughing, Fifield Bavant
Ploughing, Fifield Bavant
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
Friday, 9 September, 2011   (more nearby)
Sunday, 11 September, 2011
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening 
Place (from Tags)
Fifield Bavant 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 0111 2589 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:1.9423N 1:59.1328W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 0114 2590
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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