About the Society of Ploughmen

The Society of Ploughmen was founded in 1972.  It is a registered charity run by volunteers from the farming community.  It is responsible for the organisation of the British National Ploughing Championships and for managing the England World and European Ploughing Teams.

With more than 250 local ploughing societies affiliated to it and a membership drawn from ploughmen and women from all over the world, the Society is a vibrant, thriving organisation and an influential member of the World Ploughing Organization.

However, membership is not restricted to ploughmen and women alone.  Anyone can join and there are many members who joined purely out of a love of farming and the countryside.

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Officers 2018 - 2019

The Lord Plumb of Coleshill DL

David Corbett

John Hill

Vivian Samuel

Chief Executive
Sue Frith

Assistant Secretary
Claire Hopkins

Promoting the art and skill of ploughing

Good ploughing still lies at the heart of proper soil management and the Society's main aim is to encourage and promote the art and skill of ploughing.   Ploughing not only improves soil structure by helping drainage and aerating the soil, it also helps to preserve the land for future generations of farmers.

'New blood' is actively encouraged by the Society and the annual Young Farmers Championship attracts a growing number of entries each year, and increasing number of whom are girls.

Aims and objectives

  • To promote and encourage the art, skill and science of ploughing the land.
  • To promote an annual British National Ploughing Contest to be held each year in Great Britain, comprising England, Scotland and Wales and the islands thereof.
  • To co-operate with similar organisations in other countries in organising World Championship Ploughing Competitions.
  • To provide facilities whereby the winners of local ploughing matches in Great Britain can by reason of their success compete for the British National Ploughing Championships and for the World Ploughing Championship and by such means foster and maintain a high standard of ploughmanship.
  • To provide facilities for demonstrations, works and trade displays at the British National Ploughing Contest.


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A Brief History of The Society of Ploughmen Ltd

The Society of Ploughmen was formed in 1972 to enable the  British National Ploughing Championships to be held annually.

The first twenty-one British National Ploughing Championships were organised by the British Ploughing Association which unfortunately foundered financially after holding the 1971 World Ploughing Contest in Somerset.

A meeting was arranged in a village pub in the Doncaster area which was attended by eighty enthusiasts from as far afield as Cornwall, South Wales and Central Scotland.   It was unanimously decided that a new society be formed and a working party was nominated to formulate the aims of the new society.  Donations were given and £84 was collected by the end of the meeting for the new society.

The working party - consisting of the following representatives -

     Northern England - W Shield & F E Elliott;  Midlands - K H Chappell & H H Robson;
     East Anglia - A V Gardiner;  Southern England - L Groves, H Samuel & N Tamblin;
     Scotland - W Ewan & W Dick;  Wales - T Jones & J M Tanner;  Acting Secretary - A Hall

- had several meetings and the inaugural meeting of the Society of Ploughmen was held at Agriculture House, Knightsbridge, London on 27th July 1972.  The resolution to form the Society of Ploughmen was put forward by Lord Lonsdale and approved by the 38 people present.

The articles of association were drawn up by the working committee and the Society was incorporated as a Limited Company.  The first Directors were elected on 17th October 1972.

The 1972 British National Ploughing Championships were organised by the East Suffolk Farm Machinery Club with the help of many ploughmen from all parts of the country and the profit of £1,054.04 was given to the Society of Ploughmen.

Ken Chappell (senior) 'volunteered' the services of his two sons - Ken and David - as joint secretaries and found a site at Thorpe Willoughby, near Selby, North Yorkshire for the 1973 Championships.  The match was a great success and the Society of Ploughmen has since gone from strength to strength.

Venues of the British National Ploughing Championships

1951 Newton Kyme, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, England
1952 Dunmore, Stirling, Scotland
1953 Ashton-in-Makerfield, Lancashire, England
1954 Nynehead, Wellington, Somerset, England
1955 Sealand, Flintshire, Wales
1956 Shillingford, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, England
1957 Ratho, Edinburgh, Scotland
1959 Hough-on-the-Hill, Grantham, Lincolnshire, England
1959 Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, England
1960 Ripon, North Yorkshire, England
1961 Norwich, Norfolk, England
1962 North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland
1963 Halse, Taunton, Somerset, England
1964 Nuneham Courtney, Oxfordshire, England
1965 Storeton, Wirral, Cheshire, England
1966 Stoneleigh, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England
1967 Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, England
1968 Alderbury, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
1969 North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland
1970 Wilsic, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England
1971 Nynehead, Wellington, Somerset, England
1972 Otley, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
1973 Thorpe Willoughby, Selby, North Yorkshire, England
1974 Fawley Court, Hereford, Herefordshire, England
1975 Wispington, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, England
1976 Tamhorn Park, Lichfield, Staffordshire, England
1977 Crowhurst, Lingfield, Surrey, England
1978 Stannington, Newcastle, Northumberland, England
1979 Cross Houses, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
1980 Burwell, Newmarket, Cambridgeshire, England
1981 Wing, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England
1982 Crosby-on-Eden, Carlisle, Cumbria, England
1983 Broadlands, Romsey, Hampshire, England
1984 Wispington, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, England
1985 Arranged at Glamis, Forfar, Angus, Scotland (CANCELLED)
1985 Farnsfield, Newark, Nottinghamshire, England
1986 Bridge Sollers, Hereford, Herefordshire, England
1987 Ellington, Morpeth, Northumberland, England
1988 Weston, Crewe, Cheshire, England
1989 Kingston, Modbury, Devon, England
1990 Worlaby, Brigg, South Humberside, England
1991 Burwell, Newmarket, Cambridgeshire, England
1992 Farnsfield, Newark, Nottinghamshire, England
1993 Shillingford, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, England
1994 Wansford, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England
1995 Nynehead, Wellington, Somerset, England
1996 Swinefleet, Goole, East Yorkshire, England
1997 Leeds, Maidstone, Kent, England
1998 Preston Capes, Daventry, Northamptonshire, England
1999 Shillingford, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, England
2000 Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
2001 Arranged at Brougham, Penrith, Cumbria, England (CANCELLED)
2002 Wilsic, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England
2003 Brougham, Penrith, Cumbria, England
2004 South Stoke, Reading, Berkshire, England
2005 Soham, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England
2006 Loseley Park, Guildford, Surrey, England
2007 Crockey Hill, York, North Yorkshire, England
2008 Marden, Tonbridge, Kent, England
2009 Soham, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England
2010 Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
2011 Bishop's Lydeard, Taunton, Somerset, England
2012 Whittington, Lichfield, Staffordshire, England
2013 Llanwarne, Hereford, Herefordshire, England
2014 Wootton St Lawrence, Basingstoke, Hampshire, England
2015 Marden, Tonbridge, Kent, England
2016 Crockey Hill, York, North Yorkshire, England
2017 Bishop's Lydeard, Taunton, Somerset, England