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Bersham Heritage Centre & Ironworks
Wrexham LL14 4HT
United Kingdom

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Turnip drill

Before the invention of the seed drill, people had to plant seeds by hand. It was hard work and took a long time. This drill enabled farmers to plant turnip seed in evenly spaced rows at just the right distance apart.

It is only a light machine so you could use a pony to pull the drill, guided by a farm labourer, up and down the field. As the pony pulled the machine, the wheel would turn which would regularly release a catch and plant the seed.

For a large root vegetable, the turnip has a very small seed. Can you see where the seed was stored in the drill?

The farm labourer had to stay alert to ensure the drill didn't jam or the seed run out. Everyone would know who was to blame if later in the year, there were gaps in the crop.

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The invention of the seed drill during the 'Agricultural Revolution' enabled farmers to grow crops more efficiently. The drills planted the seeds in straight lines, which made weeding and hoeing so much easier.
This machine is for planting turnip seeds one row at a time. A small pony would pull the drill which would be controlled by the farm labourer to ensure the row was straight.
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Bersham Heritage Centre - Open Air Gallery
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