Ploughing days of yesteryear with Isle’s Festival of the Plough

Festival of the Plough 2015 at High Burnham near Epworth. Action from the garden tractors classes.
Festival of the Plough 2015 at High Burnham near Epworth. Action from the garden tractors classes.

As organisers of the annual Isle of Axholme’s Festival of the Plough look desperately for a new venue for the traditional event we take a look back at festivals of yesteryear.

The first plough was organised in 1980 and in some form or other has happened every year except when the foot and mouth outbreak closed down most of the countryside in 2001.

Festival of the Plough 2015 at High Burnham near Epworth. Action from the demonstration class.

Festival of the Plough 2015 at High Burnham near Epworth. Action from the demonstration class.

Over the years it has been held in and around Epworth at Mill Farm, at Low Burnham and even round by the Epworth Show ground. There is an ever expanding list of attractions.

These include tractor ploughing, horse ploughing, trade stands, craft tent, poultry, vintage vehicles, static displays, stationary engines and models and miniatures.

The black and white image shows The first contestant on the field at the Festival of the Plough, Low Burnham, in 1981.

others show Festival of the Plough at High Burnham on September 21, 2014.

Festival of the Plough at High Burnham on September 21 2014

Festival of the Plough at High Burnham on September 21 2014

Others are from the 35th Festival of the Plough in 2015 - one of the first events in the autumn ploughing calendar at High Burnham Farm, Epworth. Send any retro photographs please to nigel.booth@jpress.co.uk.

The first contestant on the field at the Festival of the Plough, Low Burnham, in 1981. Photo by Harry Snow.

The first contestant on the field at the Festival of the Plough, Low Burnham, in 1981. Photo by Harry Snow.

Festival of the Plough 2015 at High Burnham near Epworth. Action from the horse ploughing classes. Pictured are John Taylor and Caroline Stubbins with Captain and Archie.

Festival of the Plough 2015 at High Burnham near Epworth. Action from the horse ploughing classes. Pictured are John Taylor and Caroline Stubbins with Captain and Archie.

Ploughing a lonely furrow at the Epworth Festival of the Plough 2016

Ploughing a lonely furrow at the Epworth Festival of the Plough 2016

Festival of the Plough 2015 at High Burnham near Epworth. Action from the horse ploughing classes.

Festival of the Plough 2015 at High Burnham near Epworth. Action from the horse ploughing classes.

Heavy Horses in action at the Festival opf the Plough in Epworth 2016

Heavy Horses in action at the Festival opf the Plough in Epworth 2016

Festival of the Plough 2015 at High Burnham near Epworth. Pictured is John Cocks with is two horses.

Festival of the Plough 2015 at High Burnham near Epworth. Pictured is John Cocks with is two horses.