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A Brief History of Cruckton Ploughing Society The picture below on the left was taken at the first Ploughing Match in 1927. The Society had only been formed that year as a result of two local farmers having a bet, as to who could plough the straightest furrow. This wager took place in the Hare & Hounds Inn at Cruckton where the Society continued to hold their meetings for many years. Amazingly the prizes for the Championship Class were 5, 3, & 2. Wages at that time, were the equivalent of 1.50 for a 56-hour week!   Tractor Ploughing classes were introduced for the first time in 1939. Within a few years these classes had exceeded the Horse Ploughing classes, but Cruckton Ploughing Society retained the honour of staging The British Isles Championships for Horse Ploughing.  After an enforced break during the war years Cruckton Ploughing Match once again became a major event in the farming calendar. The only other time that the Society was unable to hold a match was in the early sixties due to the massive Foot & Mouth outbreak in the area. This explains why 2012 is the 80th Year that the Society has staged a Match  Hedge laying competitions have also been staged at the annual match but organising this event nowadays will depend on the suitability of the site. It is hoped that we will be able to run this competition again this year.  By the 1950's members had represented Cruckton at the British Championships and also at the International Ploughing Championships. On the Achievements Page there is a brief list of some of our member's successes. We also have members who are willing to judge at other Ploughing Matches (both nationally & internationally).  At present Cruckton holds its match on the last Saturday in September and attracts over 90 ploughing competitors alongside vintage machinery and classes for roots & grain. Prize money amounts to over 1600 and there are 30 trophies valued at 25000. The Society has always been well supported by members of the trade, with either trade stands or sponsorship, for which their support is very much appreciated.   In 1958, Harold McMillan, the Prime Minister visited Cruckton Ploughing match. Follow the link to this piece of archive news. youtube link History