Mangold Hurling Past and Present

A pictorial feast of Mangold Hurling.

Volunteers looking for Arthur J. Boobyer's mangold

Following a record-breaking throw in 1936, volunteers from the Association comb a hillside to pinpoint the exact landing site of Arthur J. Boobyer’s mangold.

Sheep guarding the mangolds

Prior to a major competition, tight security has to be maintained to prevent the mangolds being "knobbled" by would-be cheats.  Here we see a mangold heap surrounded by barbed wire and a sturdy gate, and being patrolled by guard sheep.  These animals have been trained to emit an ear-piercing bleat to warn of a miscreant’s approach.  Unfortunately in this case the sheep have eaten the tops of the mangolds, thus rendering them useless.

Measuring the throw mechanically

An early and unsuccessful attempt at mechanising the process of measuring the distance thrown. The willow rod remains the measuring instrument of choice. 


Enthusiasm amongst spectators sometimes boils over into violence and disorder. This constable is taking a dim view of a pair of hooligans.