History of Steam Ploughs

“Between 1830 and 1850 patents describing steam cultivating machinery were  numerous. Probably the most noteworthy innovators being John Heathcoat of  Tiverton, Lord Willoughby de Eresby and the Marquis of Tweeddale.  In 1854 the  Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE)  offered a prize of £500 for “the  steam cultivator which shall in the most efficient manner turn over the soil and be an  economical substitute for the plough or spade” read more at http://www.steamploughclub.org.uk/history.htm

This site has some great images of vintage and surviving agricultural steam engines.


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