posted Nov 11, 2010, 5:13 AM by Karen Sheath   [ updated Nov 11, 2010, 4:09 PM by Karen Sheath ]
My research into the history of the Isle of Wight Ploughing Association, from the IWCP records, is complete. The first report from dates back to 1899, although there is a mention of.....
"After an interval of over 30 years the very interesting agricultural custom of holding ploughing matches in the Island has been revived, thanks to the laudable determination of the Rural Council of the Isle of Wight Branch of the National Agricultural Union to do its utmost in a practical way to improve the prospects of agriculture and those immediately connected with so vitally important an industry. The competition in question took place at Heasley Farm on Monday last, and, like the sheep-shearing contest held under similar auspices last summer, Monday’s competition was voted a very gratifying success, comparing most favourably with the interesting ploughing matches held in the olden days on the same farm, as well as at Stone, Bowcombe, Calbourne, Newbarn, Thorley Farm, &c."
I will continue my investigations to see if I can get any further back.
  All the reports have now been typed up and I am now trying to collate together any photo's from the matches. If you have any (especially copies of IWCP ones, I would be really interested to hear from you.)
  All the reports and photo's are due to be published very shortly. It won't be a best seller, and I am planning on getting it printed to demand. If you want a copy, please contact Karen at karen.sheath@btinternet.com or 07922 783091.
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