Late Great ploughmen

Howard150

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Yorkshire
In a long forgotten era, long before plant breeders, power harrows, exotic fertilisers and agrochemicals, then the most important man on the farm was the ploughman. Every day was a Ploughing Match. People used to walk round on a weekend looking over hedges to see what others had done.
The most revered of these ploughmen just happened to be the champion ploughman of the local Ploughing Society.
In the late forties and fifties, that man at Scarcroft & District was Pete Williams, closely aided and abetted by his best mate Bob Newby. Pete died young. Bob died last year in his eighties. Two great ploughmen.
This weekend I was given two of Pete’s certificates, the first being one from 13th November 1948, given by Ransomes for the best work done with a Ransomes plough. There are quite a few of these about still. Treasured possessions.
Whilst the Ransomes certificate is rare, the second one, given by the Ford Motor Company for the best performance with a Fordson Tractor in 1955 is much rarer, possibly for work with an E27N or early Major Diesel given the clenched fist emblem at the bottom of the certificate.
Given that these two were the greatest ploughmen at Scarcroft, neither of them would have had the same degree of success without Billy Rhodes. Billy used to take all the new trailer ploughs and set them up for them. A master. Great men all three.

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PW Fomoco Cert.jpg
 

Ley253

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Bath
Note the standard of the handwriting on them! Truly from a forgotten era.
Was there not a commemorative clock or similar given to all competitors at the national in times gone bye? Have vague memories of one on the wall in a late friends cottage.
 

Muddyroads

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Location
Devon
The first man I ever worked for (if helping out at the age of 10 counts as working) was Les Goodwin. Uncle Les as he became known to me was the first British world ploughing champion, winning it in Germany in 1958. A more genuine, decent and humble man you could never wish to meet, and there is rarely a day that he doesn’t cross my mind.
I knew him as the man rather than the ploughman and this seems to be an appropriate thread to ask if anyone has any knowledge of him?
 

Ley253

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Location
Bath
Indeed I do,If he was the Hereford man I am thinking of. His address sticker is still in my phone index. Just below the details of John Gwilliam. Two fine ploughmen who I was lucky to know, and very privileged to be able to call friends.
 

Muddyroads

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Location
Devon
Indeed I do,If he was the Hereford man I am thinking of. His address sticker is still in my phone index. Just below the details of John Gwilliam. Two fine ploughmen who I was lucky to know, and very privileged to be able to call friends.
That’s him. I called in to see his wife last year on spec but unfortunately she was out. Did you know him when he was competing?
 

Ley253

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Location
Bath
That’s him. I called in to see his wife last year on spec but unfortunately she was out. Did you know him when he was competing?
No, I only met him in later years.He was often the man standing in my plot searching for some aspect that he could award a point for! I do remember John Gwilliam winning what I believe was his last tractor match, It was ,I believer Radnor Vally, and he used a borrowed fergy outfit. He treated the card with great care remarking that" I dont get many of these now" Then he went back to Horse ploughing!
 
The first man I ever worked for (if helping out at the age of 10 counts as working) was Les Goodwin. Uncle Les as he became known to me was the first British world ploughing champion, winning it in Germany in 1958. A more genuine, decent and humble man you could never wish to meet, and there is rarely a day that he doesn’t cross my mind.
I knew him as the man rather than the ploughman and this seems to be an appropriate thread to ask if anyone has any knowledge of him?
Researched him on the internet last night, would liked to have met him, sounds like he was a real gentlemen, very humble man, also good friend of John Harris, which i assume is the John Harris we all know
 

Howard150

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Location
Yorkshire
Great great ploughman and a very well respected gentleman. Phenomenal record of achievement ploughing, winning the British 6 times, the World conventional 3 times and the world reversible once. Sad Sad loss.
Many of us ploughing this part of the world could never understand why he never got national recognition in the form of an OBE or MBE. Others have whose achievements are less. Rest in peace Graeme.
 

arcobob

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Location
Norfolk
Great great ploughman and a very well respected gentleman. Phenomenal record of achievement ploughing, winning the British 6 times, the World conventional 3 times and the world reversible once. Sad Sad loss.
Many of us ploughing this part of the world could never understand why he never got national recognition in the form of an OBE or MBE. Others have whose achievements are less. Rest in peace Graeme.
I have a notion you may know the answer to your question. :whistle: :whistle:
 

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Firefighters douse tractor ‘well alight in a field’

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Written by Agriland Team

Firefighters were called in to extinguish a tractor which was “well alight in a field” in Somerset, England, this week.

The incident occurred yesterday afternoon, Wednesday, July 29, on Chilton Road, Chilton Polden, Bridgwater, in the English county, local firefighters confirmed.

In a brief report on the matter, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: “Fire control received calls to a tractor on fire at Chilton Polden, Bridgwater.

“Fire control sent two fire engines from Bridgwater, one fire engine from Street and one water bowser from Yeovil.

Once the crew got in attendance the officer in charge confirmed one tractor well alight in a field...
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