TG1823 : Harvesting in bygone days

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

Harvesting in bygone days
Harvesting in bygone days
A demonstration of vintage farm machinery and implements was held on the occasion of the Marsham Starting Handle Club's summer show. Harvested here was a wheat crop field with 1950s combines and a tractor-pulled reaper/binder > LinkExternal link - LinkExternal link. The tractor is a Fordson Major.

The corn reaper/binder was invented in 1872 by Charles Baxter Withington of Akron, Ohio, USA. In addition to cutting the small-grain crop, it also tied the stems into small bundles or sheaves, which were arranged to form conical stooks > LinkExternal link in order to allow for the grain to dry for several days before being threshed. Withington's original binder used wire to tie the bundles. There were, however, various problems with using wire and it was not long before William Deering introduced a binder that used twine and a knotter, which was invented in 1858 by John Appleby.
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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Date Taken
Sunday, 13 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Monday, 14 August, 2017
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Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  People, Events 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 1867 2354 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:45.9101N 1:14.3840E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 1864 2355
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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