Weald of Kent Ploughing Match

Posted by Chris Graham on 14th November 2021

Discover what happened at this year’s successful and sunny Weald of Kent Ploughing Match, organised by the WKPMA in Pluckley, near Ashford.

Weald of Kent Ploughing Match

Weald of Kent Ploughing Match: Paul Ransley pulls in the plough with Fowler No. 2861.

Despite very hard ground conditions, the Weald of Kent Ploughing Match Association (WKPMA) held its annual ploughing match on Saturday 18th September at Honey Farm, in Pluckley, near Ashford in Kent. As usual with this match, a huge crowd came to the event, which was by far the largest seen in southern England this year.

Weald of Kent Ploughing Match

Looking the best is Oliver West’s 1940 Standard N with Ransomes RSLD plough behind.

Beside the excellent vintage ploughing that was taking place, it was pleasing to see the Pierce’s ex-John Collins 1876/7 Fowler 8hp singles Nos. 2861/3195 working well under the direction of Peter Denham. As always, Paul Ransley was a master of the controls, making it look easy on No. 2861. He’s hoping to have his 1873 12hp example, No. 1908, at the event next year.

Weald of Kent Ploughing Match

No. 3195’s injector was playing up from time to time at Pluckley.

At the other end of the rope was No. 3195, with the driver attempting to cope with a troublesome injector, but he got there in the end!

The oldest competitor at the match was Ralph Stevenson, from Horsmonden, with his Caterpillar D2.

All-in-all, it was great to see the engines out and working hard in front of a very appreciative and enthusiastic audience.

The oldest tractor at the show was Austin West’s 1938 Case C, which still shows its original paint in places.

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