This 1901 built water pump is one of a pair installed at Worthington & Co Brewery's pumping station at Wetmore Road Maltings, in Burton-upon-Trent, and were used on a one on, one off basis almost constantly for drawing water from a well and sending it to large iron casks in the malt houses for steeping the grain. The pumps were powered by an electric motor, and each pump could deliver 8,650 gallons an hour. Buxton and Thornley were a Buxton based firm which were favoured by the various Buxton brewers. This pump is now on display at the Museum of Brewing.
Sunday 30 December 2012
Friday 28 December 2012
This is a 1:48 scale model of the SS 'Clan Morrison', a single screw cargo steamer built by the Ayrshire Dockyard Co Ltd at Irvine, for Messrs Cayzer, Irvine & Co Ltd. Although a civilian vessel only designed for carrying cargo, this model of 'Clan Morrison' shows one 4.7 inch quick firing gun and two 7.5 inch breech loading howitzers on the stern for self-defence, as she was built in the last year of the First World War
Posted by Richard Hannay at 15:07
Wednesday 26 December 2012
An interesting event from early in the First World War depicted on a postcard in my collection. From the back;
The sketch depicts an incident of the recent fighting, in which one of Pickfords' familiar motor vans figured prominently, and creditably also, thanks to the pluck of the driver and the armed escort. A small British convoy was on its way to the troops at the front at night, when a party of Uhlans, appearing suddenly, blocked the road and demanded surrender. The driver of the leading van at once put on speed and drove slap into the midst of the enemy while his armed escort stood up and made devastating use of his rifle against the German lancers. The latter, surprised by the motors' sudden assault, and placed at a disadvantage by the panic of the horses, afforded easy targets at close range, and in a few moments bolted from the scene. The convoy reached its destination without further molestation. (Drawn by Lionel Edwards, under the supervision of an Officer lately returned from the front.)
Monday 24 December 2012
Saturday 22 December 2012
Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway poster from 1908, advertising the scenic railway route via Sandringham (the Royal country house in Norfolk) to Broadland. A reproduction of the poster can be bought from - http://www.past-reflections.co.uk/Broadlands-sandringham.html
Posted by Richard Hannay at 09:21
Tuesday 18 December 2012
Sunday 16 December 2012
Also known as an Avro Triplane, as the name indicates this is the fourth type of triplane built by Alliott Verdon Roe of the AV Roe and Company aircraft manufacturers, which later became known as the shorter Avro. Only one example was built, and it was used as a training aircraft at Brooklands, the famous Edwardian motor racing circuit which also had an aerodrome inside the track. As a trainer, it unsurprisingly had several accidents, but as these early aircraft were relatively slow they were easily repaired and was not uncommon. At least twice it crashed into the infamous Brooklands sewage farm, not particularly pleasant for the pilot or any rescuers. The original did not survive to preservation, but this is an airworthy replica built for the superb 1965 film 'Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines' in which it is one of the main aircraft stars, unfortunately meeting a very comedic demise involving a train and a tunnel! Fortunately more than one replica was built, and this surviving replica still flies at the Shuttleworth Collection when the weather permits at their frequent airshows. For photos of the aircraft airborne, visit the blog in two days time
Posted by Richard Hannay at 09:30
Friday 14 December 2012
These photos show a fantastic recreation of an Edwardian era pub at the Museum of Brewing, formerly the Bass Museum, in Burotn-Upon-Trent, Staffordshire. Although it does not sell beer, it does feature many typical indoor games which Edwardian pubs would provide which you can play
Wednesday 12 December 2012
One of at least two identical four wheeled Siemens electric locomotives supplied to the Harton Colliery Railway for hauling coal trains, this is Harton Electric Locomotive number E10, built in 1913 by Siemens. Weighing in at 14.5 tons, the little locomotive is 100hp and served up until the 1980's where it entered preservation. It is now restored to static condition at the Tanfield Railway and can be seen on some days in their five road engine shed. Harton E10 makes a very interesting comparison with another electric locomotive supplied to the same railway in 1913 - AEG built E9, a larger (but a lot lower!) BO-BO locomotive - http://electric-edwardians.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/aeg-electric-locomotive-1913.html which is also preserved on the Tanfield Railway
Monday 10 December 2012
This large Maudslay 17hp Landaulette is a good example of a motor car that you would most likely be seen driven by a Chauffeur, with the owner riding in the rear 'saloon' in privacy and comfort, and so would be a very exclusive style of body. This Maudslay 'Sweet Seventeen' was acquired from the Maudslay Motor Company by the Coventry Transport Museum in 1962, and the decision has been taken to conserve the vehicle in it's current, possibly original, condition rather than restore it.
Sunday 9 December 2012
First covered on the blog here http://electric-edwardians.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/whitby-swing-bridge-1909.html these are some more images, mainly showing the underneath of the bridge taken from the Whitby old Lifeboat 'Mary Ann Hepworth', a Watson class Lifeboat built in 1938 (see http://www.oldlifeboatwhitby.co.uk/) which gives rides around Whitby harbour and harbour mouth (highly reccomended!) , and another image taken showing the Lifeboat underneath the bridge
Friday 7 December 2012
Wednesday 5 December 2012
This is 8 of 25 in the Lambert & Butler Motors Series of Cigarette Cards, issued in 1908. From the back of the card;
"This De Dion Bouton Car is made with 1, 2, or 4 cylinders, of 8, 10 and 12hp respectively. The manufacturers have made automobiles for over 25 years. Their vehicles have always bourne the highest reputation for reliability and durability. Two of their cars successfully accomplished the journey from Pekin to Paris in 1907, and one took part in the still more arduous trial of the New York - Paris drive"
Posted by Richard Hannay at 16:07
Monday 3 December 2012
Saturday 1 December 2012
Friday 30 November 2012
Not your normal Edwardian preserved item - this is a cast iron urinal for men, originally located at New Street in the centre of Burton-Upon-Trent in Staffordshire, across the road from the General Hospital and near the Bass brewery's railway line. It was one of twenty-two new 'water closets' provided to the males of Burton in 1902/3 as part of Burton Town Council's sanitisation scheme. It is built in cast iron with a louvred glass roof. Urinals like this were common on the urban streets of Britain in the Edwardian era, however public conveniences for women were not to be provided until much later in the century.
Wednesday 28 November 2012
Monday 26 November 2012
This 1905 built locomotive, number 2818 of the Great Western Railway, is an early example of GJ Churchward's 2800 (or 28XX) class heavy freight steam locomotives, with a 2-8-0 wheel configuration. The first, originally numbered 97 and soon renumbered 2800 (hence the class name), was built in 1903 and underwent two years of trials before the first batch of locomotives was built. They were an extremely successful freight locomotive and during the First World War were used on the 'Jellicoe Specials', hauling heavy, lengthy coal trains to the north east coast of Scotland from where they were put on ships to power the Royal Navy Grand Fleet based at Scapa Flow.
The 2800 class were built up until 1919, and a modified version was built from 1938 until 1942. During the life of the 2800 class, most had the frames changed to a curved front, however 2818 retained the 'straight' frames, with a visible step between the main footplate and the footplate above the 'pony' two wheeled truck at the front of the locomotive, which is why it was chosen for preservation as part of the National Collection. It is seen here on display at the National Railway Museum's Shildon outstation known as 'Locomotion'