Revival of Plough Sunday 8 January 2023


Revival of Plough Sunday 8 January 2023


On Sunday 8 January 2023 people gathered at the Plough Inn in Sygate to follow a number of ploughs to be blessed at St Agnes Church in Cawston. Because modern ploughs are much larger than they were when this tradition was flourishing the blessing took place in the yard at Church Farm. Plough Monday marked the date of ploughing for the spring crops and was the day agricultural workers returned to work after the Christmas period. The plow was dragged through the village, contributions were collected to support the poor of the parish and the plow was blessed at the church. Plow candles were lit and kept burning throughout January.

To find out more about this tradition click here


To see more photographs of the procession and blessing click on files to view full screen

To watch a short video in which Rev Andrew Whitehead talks about Plough Sunday/Monday click here


Naomi Horrocks


15 century to 19 century