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Plough Sunday

Plough Sunday is a traditional English celebration of the beginning of the agricultural year that has seen some revival over recent years. Plough Sunday celebrations involve bringing a ploughshare into a church with prayers for the blessing of the land, it is traditionally held on the Sunday between 7 January and 13 January. Accordingly, work in the fields did not begin until the day after Plough Sunday: Plough Monday. Although the nature of farming has changed over the centuries, Plough Sunday is seen as a way of celebrating farming and the work of farmers. In the Church of England book of liturgy, Common Worship: Times and Seasons, there is a suggested prayer for the "Blessing of the Plough", for the "Blessing of Seed" and passages of Scripture related to the agricultural theme; as well as a ploughshare, in rural areas, it is common for local farmers to attend the service with their tractors - both new and old. Sometimes, services may be accompanied by other traditions such as Morris dancing.

Villagers would walk through their village collecting alms, before gathering at the church for the Blessing of the Plough. Notable Plough Sunday services are held at Sherborne Abbey in Dorset, Hedenham Church in Norfolk, the cathedrals in Exeter and Chichester

Barclay Farm House

Barclay Farm House known as Barclay Farmstead, is located in Cherry Hill, Camden County, New Jersey, United States. The house was built in 1816 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 26, 1978; the house is owned and operated by Cherry Hill Township as an early 19th-century house with living history programs. The Barclay Farm home is open for tours throughout the year, is the site of special events in the summer months, such as weekly outdoor concerts. At Christmas time, the home hosts winter events, including an annual craft fair; the Barclay Farmstead Museum is open to the public on Wednesdays from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. and the first Sunday of each month from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.. Calling is recommended before a visit; the immediate area surrounding the farm house has marked light hiking trails, a playground and a number of vegetable gardens, cared for by area residents who rent space during the summer to grow produce. National Register of Historic Places listings in Camden County, New Jersey Official website