TG1823 : Vintage horse-drawn potato planter

taken 1 year ago, near to Marsham, Norfolk, Great Britain

Vintage horse-drawn potato planter
Vintage horse-drawn potato planter
The planting of potatoes used to be a very work-intensive task when it had to be done manually and the horse-drawn potato planters did save a lot of work, time and effort. The farmer cut into halves or quarters the required number of potatoes, taking care to include the eyes or sprouts, which were to produce the new plants. The pieces were then loaded into the planter. As the planter was pulled forward across the field by the pair of horses hitched to it, a wide blade at the implement's front dredged a shallow trench in the ground into which the potato seeds were to be dropped. At the same time two sets of blades rotated inside the machine, attached by gears to the planter's wheels, grabbing the individual potato pieces and preventing them from falling onto the ground all at once. On reaching the trench, these blades mechanically released the seed potato, dropping it into the ground.
Marsham Starting Handle Club Summer Show 2017
The show, the seventh in as many years, was held over the weekend of 12/13th August. It is growing bigger every year. More than 500 exhibitors displayed their tractors, stationary engines, vintage lawnmowers and agricultural implements, but there is much more to see on the 13-acres site which adjoins Orchard Cottage in Allison Street, such as several rare, "dancing" dual drive Doe-built tractors, classic and military vehicles and motorcycles, demonstrations in the parade ring of working gun and sheep dogs and demonstrations of old-time ploughing and harvesting in a crop field nearby. For the first time since its restoration the Soame steam wagonette was featured. The first tractor pulling event in the county for 27 years was also held here (in 2013). Fairground organs create just the right atmosphere, a bouncy castle provides entertainment for the younger visitors, and a variety of stalls can be sampled in the fun fair section of the site. Food vendors guarantee that no-one will be going home hungry.

According to Bob Parke, the site owner and one of the organisers, the show featured 350 tractors, over 100 classic cars, and about 80 motorcycles and had about 2,500 visitors.
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Friday, 11 August, 2017   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 12 August, 2017
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Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  People, Events 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 1827 2343 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:45.8605N 1:14.0245E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 1828 2345
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