The Ogbourne Champion Ploughmen of Somerset
In the period between the two World Wars, a family of master ploughmen of Ogbournes were wiping the board in Somerset and neighbouring areas in ploughing competitions. [October 2010 : new information has come to hand from the Bristol Mercury of Ogbournes winning in ploughing matches in the late 19th century, so the family prowess goes back even further than previously thought.]
We thank the Western Daily Press of Bristol for this account of this remarkable family of Somerset Ogbournes, written in February 1923. For a full account of the achievements of this family of ploughmen please see the attached copy of the newspaper article. It seems that Mr John & Mrs Susan Ogbourne of Winford, Somerset sired no less than six sons, who became champion ploughmen, and their sons in turn sired sons who carried on the tradition.
In summary the ploughing champions were:
John Ogbourne, the head of the family,
Many thanks to descendants of this family who have contacted us with additional information, including this from a descendant of Lionel George Ogbourne (see picture above):
"My mother was an Ogbourne, daughter of Lionel George from Chew Stoke, she (the youngest) and her six sisters and two brothers were brought up to help with the ploughing horses and I remember her complaining about cleaning horse brasses in preparation for ploughing matches! My grandfather (Lionel George)died as a result of an accident with a horse and hay cart in 1945 when my mother was 16."
We are in contact with a member of the family (Roger) who is in touch with other family members, and we understand that work is being done on a family history. If you wish to contact Roger, please use this contact form.