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The stump jump plough is a tribute to Clarence H Smith who perfected and manufactured the ploughs at Ardrossan. A plaque to the memory of Smith had been in the local Institute for many years but the Lions Club felt a memorial incorporating the plough would be more often noticed by tourists. A plough was restored and mounted on its present site in 1972.
Prior to the invention of the Stump Jump plough, all tillage implements had fixed or rigid tynes, which often broke when the soil contained stones or stumps. Richard Bowyer Smith, it is said, was inspired to-develop, the Stump Jump plough when he noticed that the ploughs often worked better with broken tynes, as they rode over the stones.
Clarence made the first stump jump plough under his brother Richard`s direction in 1876 and continued improving the design while farming at Kalkabury(now Arthurton). Clarence K. Smith`s factory at Ardrossan produced Stump Jump ploughs between 1880 and 1935, at the peak of production employing 70 men to make 14 ploughs each week.
|Address:||East Terrace , Foreshore Park , Ardrossan, 5571|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -34.422792|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||1972|
ERECTED BY ARDROSSAN & DISTRICTS LIONS-CLUB AS A TRIBUTE TO CLARENCE H. SMITH. WHO PERFECTED & MANUFACTURED STUMP- JUMP PLOUGHS AT ARDROSSAN 1880-1935