Mole plough

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Date:1900 - 1920 (c.)

Description:This horse-drawn mole plough was used to improve the drainage of farm land. As it was pulled through the soil it would make a small cylindrical tunnel a short distance below the surface. It was most effective on clay soils. Improved drainage is vital to the farmer. It increases the amount of land available for crops or for pasture, can ensure earlier harvests and can improve crop yields.

The manufacturer of this plough is not known, but could possibly have been manufactured by Philip Pierce & Co., Wexford, Eire.

This object is now part of the Staffordshire County Museum collection, and was restored in 2007 with the assistance of MLA West Midlands' Supporting Stewardship grant.


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1840s
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1900s
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1920s
'Landmark' single furrow plough
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1940s
Mr Brookes, Shugborough Park Farm
Mr Brookes, Shugborough Park Farm

Leonard 'Dick' Brookes (1915-2009), pictured in the farmhouse at Shugborough Park ...

1970s
Restoration of Shugborough Park Farm
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Shugborough Park Farm pictured after the departure of its last tenant. The farm ...

2000s
The Mayfield Smithy at Shugborough Park Farm
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Charles Woodward's smithy from Mayfield as reconstructed at Shugborough Park Farm. ...

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Donor ref:96.010.0002 (37/21548)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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