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Bersham Heritage Centre & Ironworks
Wrexham LL14 4HT
United Kingdom

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Potato digger

Digging potatoes is hard work and that's true if you only have a couple of rows in the garden. Imagine what it was like diggin up acre upon acre of potatoes!

This machine made the farm labourer's job a lot easier. The fork-like prongs turn as the horser pulled the machine across the field. The prongs scoop the spuds out of the soil ready for picking.

If you look closely at the machine, you might be able to work out where they used to hang a sack or a grid to stop the potatoes flying all over the place.

During the twentieth century machines were invented that could pick up the potatoes and sort them. Finally the back-breaking work could come to an end.

Did you know?
Potatoes were brought to Europe from the Americas in the 16th century. The word 'potato' comes from the Spanish name 'patata'.

Something to think about - what did our ancestors eat before the humble spud became such an important part of the British diet?

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This simple machine saved the farm labourer a lot of hard work. It is a potato digger and as it is pulled across the field by a horse, the wheel with the fork-like prongs spins round and round and flicks the potatoes out of the soil.
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Bersham Heritage Centre - Open Air Gallery
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