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The Ploughman

County Norfolk   District Council North Norfolk 
Civil Parish or equivalent Stibbard  Town/Village* Stibbard 
Road Moorend Lane 
Precise Location Opposite the park 
OS Grid Ref TF982282  Postcode NR21 
Previous location(s)  
Setting Roadside  Access Public 
Artist/Maker Role Qualifier
Ros Newman  Sculptor(s)   

Commissioned by

Stibbard & District Women's Institute 

Design & Constrn period


Date of installing


Exact date of unveiling

Autumn 1979 


Abstract Animal Architectural
Commercial Commemorative Composite
Free Functional Funerary
Heraldic Military Natural
Non-Commemorative Performance Portable
Religious Roadside, Wayside Sculptural
Temporary, Mobile Other  

Object Type

Building Clock Tower Architectural
Coat of Arms Cross Fountain
Landscape Marker Medallion
Mural Panel Readymade
Relief Shaft Sculpture
Statue Street Furniture War Memorial
Other Object Sub Type: Village Sign

Subject Type

Allegorical Mythological Pictorial
Figurative Non-figurative Portrait
Still-life Symbolic Other

Subject Sub Type

Bust Equestrian Full-length
Group Head Reclining
Seated Standing Torso
Part Material Dimension
Sculpture  Recycled steel  H 177 cm x L 284.5 cm x W 73 cm 
Plinth  Brick and flint  H 88 cm x L 326 cm x W 125 cm 

Work is

Extant Not Sited Lost


North Norfolk District Council 

Listing status

Grade I Grade II* Grade II Don't Know Not Listed

Surface Condition

Corrosion, Deterioration Accretions
Bird Guano Abrasions, cracks, splits
Biological growth Spalling, crumbling
Metallic staining Previous treatments

Structural Condition

Armature exposed Broken or missing parts
Replaced parts Loose elements
Cracks, splits, breaks, holes Spalling, crumbling
Water collection Other


Graffiti Structural damage Surface Damage

Overall condition

Good Fair Poor


No Known Risk At Risk Immediate
Signatures/Marks Manufacturer's marks on the plough 
Inscriptions In brick: STIBBARD / Front plaque: 'Presented to the village by Stibbard & District Womens Institute to commemorate their golden jubilee 1926-1976' / Rear plaque: 'The Ploughman made by Ros Newman four horse shoes rootshredder edger two pitch forks two forks chain link harness pieces tinhat sugarbeet hook two door hinges branding iron twohoes pincers tail docker rake sugar beet fork various bits from modern agricultural machinery' 

Description (physical)

Life-size representation of a ploughman and plough in black-painted welded steel on a cobbled brick plinth 

Description (iconographical)

The Ploughman extends a Norfolk tradition of converting ploughs into sculptural village signs. The items listed on the rear bronze plaque can be identified within the figure further emphasizing the agricultural theme 


Date taken:  8/2/2007
Date logged:  12/2/2007

Photographed by:
David Hulks

On Site Inspection

Date:  8/2/2007

Inspected by:
David Hulks

Sources and References accessed 2-Jun-07 / Private communication with the artist 2-Jun-07 


Date entered:  2/6/2007

Data inputter:
David Hulks