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Steam Plough Club, Pant-y-Cae, Clyro, Herefordshire HR3 6JU


McLaren Motor Windlass & Fowler Motor Ploughing Engine

The Steam Plough Club has reached an agreement with the Leeds Museums and Galleries for the loan of two rare ploughing machines. These were pulled up the steep cobble stone drive from their shed  at  Armley Mills Museum on July 11th for transport to their new homes.

Fowler Motor Cable Ploughing Engine no. 17621 was dispatched new from the Steam Plough Works, Leeds, in May 1929 to G. F. Kitching & Sons, Sykehouse, West Riding, Yorkshire. Part of Fowler's attempt to replace the steam engine with an internal combustion engine alternative for cable cultivation, this was not a success. 17621 and its sister 17620 are the only pair with their original petrol engines.

The loan will allow the engines to be restored and reconditioned and eventually to be displayed at work.  

The McLaren Patent Motor Windlass, works number 1962, is a Class ‘H’ unit built by J. & H. McLaren at Leeds in October 1928.  It worked as one of a fleet of some 50 – 70 similar engines owned by the Sudan Plantation Syndicate used in the production of cotton. It was returned in late 1986 to the Armley Mills Museum in Leeds in a dismantled condition and was subsequently rebuilt by Museum staff.

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50th Anniversary

Souvenir Programme

84 pages of photographs, histories and all about the club and its milestone anniversary.   

STILL AVAILABLE  see club sales page for details

Souvenir Programme

A bequest  for the club

At the anniversary lunch on 3rd December the club received a very generous bequest of £3000 from the late Robert Pelly a past president. In announcing the bequest his son Richard referred to his fathers strong family link to Fowler’s and his fondness for the Steam Plough Club.


We are pleased to announce a Hands On Event for 2017. Participants will be given expert tuition, in a relaxed atmosphere, on the handling of steam ploughing engines and ploughs. This will be held on August 19-20 at a site near Uppingham in the East Midlands, between Leicester and Peterborough.

Commencing at 9 am on the Saturday participants will be given a safety briefing followed by an explanation of the working of the engines and implements.  They will then be given an opportunity to raise steam and then set to work!

Numbers will be limited to give those present a maximum chance to work the tackle. Camping/caravanning is available on site and B&B addresses can be forwarded.


The cost includes an instructional DVD that provides detailed information in preparation for the weekend.  An evening dinner will be arranged for the Saturday night and the weekend concludes at 5pm on Sunday.

Club Chairman Mark Jones said, “This weekend is one of the most important things we do.  It gives members an opportunity to take a full part in driving engines and working the plough.  It is essential that we pass on what skills we have for the future”.

The cost of the weekend for SPC members is £150. Please apply as soon as possible to John Billard, Old Station House, Twyford, Reading RG10 9NA    0118 934 0381           Click here to email

Click here for booking form (word Version)

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Now that nearly all of those who worked cultivating engines for a living are lost to us it may be difficult for the novice to pick up vital advice on how to go about working the tackle.  This professionally made 100-minute film takes the viewer through all the stages.  

This includes what tools and equipment to carry on board, care of the rope or cable, lubrication of the engines and implements, setting it all up for work and then undertaking the job.  Importantly it covers the vital system of signals to be used between implement and engine, as advised by Fowler’s themselves. Throughout the emphasis is on safe working particularly in the public domain.

The assumption is that the viewer comes with a basic understanding of traction engine management and is introduced into the different operation of the ploughing engine at work.

While the film is made for the beginner in mind perhaps the more knowledgeable and experienced will much to find of interest and to learn.

See Sales Page for a preview

A special price of £10 including p&p for SPC MEMBERS ONLY.

Non members price £18 inc p&p

Contact Richard Playdon, 22 Whitethorn Drive, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV32 7UT

01926 741176                Click Here to email


Membership renewal (£20)  for 2017 was due on 1st January 2017.

Please can we ask you all to check your subscription arrangements. Unfortunately a number of people still pay the wrong amount of money, or pay it into the wrong bank account, and it takes a considerable amount of time to sort these issues out.

New Engine and implement list on its way!

Completely revised and updated with new features and photographs

£10 inc p&p for members

£15 for non members

Available late June