The Hunton Page Horse Plough

 

Unveiling Page Hunton Plough1

Unveiling Page Hunton Plough2

Unveiling Page Hunton Plough3

Pictures courtesy of Debbie and Tom Muller

The Plough 30th September 2012 with members of the Page family

 

 The Hunton Horse Plough that has been given to the village was one that was made at the Carbrooke Foundry during the late 19th or early 20th century.  The metal plough parts would have been cast at the foundry and the wood used, probably oak, would have been sourced locally. In 1900 a complete single furrow Hunton horse plough would cost a farmer around £2 to buy.

 

When the horse plough was purchased for the village at a farm sale around 2005 it was taken to HMP Wayland, who had agreed that Prisoners could undertake the restoration of the plough. Before any work could start photographs were taken of a similar plough at the Rural Life Museum at Gressenhall.  The prisoners used these photographs as a pattern for the rebuilding the plough.

It was found that all the cast components were there, but oak had to be purchased for the plough’s main beam and handles by which the horseman steered the plough. One of the prisoners who worked on the plough was a Portuguese farmer who was still using a horse plough in his native country.   He worked on the plough right up to the day of his release. The final part of the plough’s restoration and fixing on the plinth has been completed by Carbrooke Estates.

 

One fact from the days when fields were ploughed by horses.  Two horses pulling a single furrow plough would plough an acre a day and the horseman walking behind would cover eleven miles. In those days farm workers worked a six day week.

 

Tom Thurston

September 2012

 

 

The ‘Page Hunton Plough’ has been sited outside the Village Hall on a brick plinth, constructed by Mr Tony Everett. In May 2012 the school children placed a time capsule inside the plinth, to celebrate the Queens Golden Jubilee.

 

The Plough will be unveiled for the village by Mr John Page (grandson of the man who cast it). Johns father Harry Page was a stalwart member of Carbrooke, carrying out much work for the village and was Church warden for many years. Following its unveiling at 12.00 on 30th September, the Vicar will bless it.

 

Carbrooke Village, Wayland, Norfolk has a long and interesting history. If you have any comments, information, anecdotes or photographs, you would like to share, please contact us.

This is an ongoing project and it would be lovely to add more information.

history@carbrookehistory.co.uk

Last updated 08.10.2012