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The Rotherham Plough
Transcript of The Rotherham Plough
WHAT WAS THE CHANGE ?
The earliest tool was probably a crude pointed bent stick or tree branch which was used to stir the soil surface.
Early British law required every ploughman to make his own plough, and that no one was entitled to use one unless they constructed it themselves.
Farmers would be having a lot of work on their hands without the use of the plow which is until Joseph Foljambe invented the Rotherham Plough.
The Rotherham plough contributed to the English agriculture because it made it a lot easier for the farmers to plough their land.
It had an iron blade and was lighter and easier to handle than the rectangular wooden ploughs that had been used previously.
Who was Joseph Foljambe ?
Joseph Foljambe was born in the early 17000s. He was the first man to build and patent the plough. His plough is called the ‘Rotherham swing’ plough. Before his invention, farmers were using a tree branch or a bent stick to plow their fields. His design was the most popular for 30 years and it was the first to be factory produced on a large scale.
How did the change improve
the way food was produced?
The biggest value of the agricultural revolution is the growth of the population. Because of the changes from Joseph’s invention, it was quicker to turn soil which helps crops grow faster. Food also became less expensive because there was way more supply.
Gilnet-Year 9 History-2.2Agricultural Revolution