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Fowler 18HP AA6 class The Lion

Fowler 22HP Z7 number 16719 built in 1926 RH. Named “The Lion”. 

This engine, and six others, were relocated to Tasmania by Lunnicks Ltd of Reading.

Note the temporary wheels fitted to reduce the weight in order to cross the weak bridges along the way to its destination.

Fowler 14hp number 1269. Originally built as a 14hp Double Cylinder PE in 1869, then rebuilt 1908 or 1910 by Oxford Steam Plough Co, this engine reportedly went from J.P.Grundy, Barton Seagrave, Northants to Mr. Smith, Wymington to replace 14709 cut up in error by scrapmen!

Fowler B4 class Side Drum of 1900. One of a pair (8870 or 8871) delivered new to Longton Corporation, Longton, Staffs for use on Burton Sewage Farm. One of only three side drum pairs sold in England.  

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Fowler 18hp BB1

Fowler 16hp BB1 PEs numbers 15226 & 15227 "Tiny Tim" & "Old Jumbo" built 1918. Owned by Taylor Bros., of Wimbish, Essex. Built for the Ministry of Munitions and previous to Taylor's were owned by H. Wiseman & Son. Photo'd 1960.

4 Fowler ploughing engines

4 Fowler ploughing engines at the yard of Bomford & Evershed, Salford Priors, Worcester.   AC 9061 is an 8hp SC Double Drum (New 8) with Achilles valve. AC 9699 is  maybe 3262?

Member John Price has pointed out that the Fowler Double Drum engine registered AC 9061 is now owned by Richard Vernon and called “Aethelflaed”.

Is it possible that the single cylinder engine standing immediately behind is Fowler 3896 built in 1880 – another Double Drum engine that was paired with 4223 when owned by Bomford & Evershed Ltd., Salford Priors? This is believed to have been scrapped in 1961 so the photo predates this.

Our thanks to John for his observations.

The picture on the right was taken at British National Ploughing Championships 2012


Fowler 18hp AA class PEs 14728 and 14729 built 1918. Single speed on winding drum. Owned by R.M.Woolley, Contractor, Bucknell, Shropshire.

Photographed when dredging lake at Stanage Park, Knighton, Radnorshire.

Mr. Woolley bought these engines in Lincolnshire at Castle Bytham, between Stanford and Grantham, in January 1955.

Fowler 18hp AA class PEs 14728 and 14729 Fowler AA7 class no. 14726

Fowler AA7 class no. 14726  "Peace"  (Reg. NO 222) of 1918.

New to Lewis (later Harold) Jackson, Toppesfield, Essex. Possibly cultivating at Toppesfield in Essex, July 1960

This photograph was taken by Barry J. Finch and published in 1962 on page 10 of his excellent book “Ploughing Engines at work” – ploughing, cultivating, draining, dredging.

Fowler 16hp SC of 1879

Fowler 16hp SC of 1879 with Church Valve. Either number 3616 or 3624.

New to Eastchurch  Ploughing Co., Sheerness, Isle of Sheppey then to Oxford Steam Plough Co., then Pamplin Brothers.

Fowler 3616 is reported to have exploded 16/06/1904 at Catley Park, Linton, Cambs., with disastrous results. “The accident happened at about 6 o’clock in the evening. Water boy Frederick Mynott was killed outright. Driver Robert Morrison was bruised and shaken. Foreman James Salmon was unhurt.”

The accident (and aftermath) is described in more detail on the website of the Linton and District Historical Society  Click here

Fowler 15365, ‘Sandringham’ taking water.

Photo 1st October 1957. Photo: C.P. Freeman

Revised info March 2016

unidentified engine + van

Can anyone identify this engine and where and when either of these photographs were taken?

unkown engine

Fowler with conversion to tender mounted GMC diesel.

Side drum added by Bomford & Evershed for single-engine dredging work.

Originally a 1914 BBS class with Double Speed Ploughing Gear.

Fowler with conversion to diesel Fowler K5

Fowler K5 class number 12366 of 1910. Location and date unknown.

Fowler BB class 14382, 1913

Fowler BB class number 14382 of 1913 – possibly dredging.

Location and date unknown. This engine, now fully restored, was recently offered for sale.

Fowler BB class engines numbers 13776 and 13777 of 1913.

With Nicholson Bros., Faldingworth, Lincs. Dated 18/09/1991.

Fowler AA6 class number 13877 “SIR JOHN”  Dated 21/07/1968

Location Unknown.  Anyone recognise the crew?

Was the sister engine 13866  converted to a portable and exported.

Does anyone have information?

Fowler AA6 class number 13877 Fowler 8hp DDS SC superheated engine

Fowler 8hp DDS SC superheated engine with piston valve

13910 (AB 9987) of 1914 “My Delight”.

This engine was sold at the disposal of the ‘Keeley Collection’ in May 2016.

Photo by Harold J. Clark May 1991 taken at The Clubs 25th Anniversary Rally at Witney

Fowler 14hp SC 2013

Fowler 14hp SC 2013 (AL 8463) of 1873. Ex Beeby Bros,, Rempstone “Noreen”.

This engine was sold at the disposal of the ‘Keeley Collection’ in May 2016.

Photo by Harold J. Clark 1968

Fowler 10hp T1/K7 class 14253

Fowler 10hp T1/K7 class 14253 (AC 9589) of 1916. Believed to have been fitted with a double-drum by Bomford Brothers, who later removed the top drum and fitted it on the side of the engine for single engine dredging.

This engine was sold at the disposal of the ‘Keeley Collection’ in May 2016.

Photo by Harold J. Clark June 1987

watercolour by Harold Bonnett showing an early club event in 1971

From an original watercolour by Harold Bonnett showing an early club event  at Baldock, Herts in 1971

what happened to the rope?

A 1988 photo. What happened to the rope?         photo by Harold Clarke

What where and when?

What, where and when?   photo by Harold Clarke

what and where is the engine

A 1990 photo but what and where is the engine?

A pair of Aveling & Porter ploughing engines. Does anyone know where and when this might have been taken, and the identity of the engines?

What is going on here?

Fowler AA7 15354

Fowler AA7 15354 at Orwell in October 1968     Photo Harold Clarke

Fowler AA7 15363

Fowler AA7 15363 at Eastern Lodge, Essex, September 1949

Photo E. Best

Fowler AA7 15365

Fowler AA7 15365  photo taken in February 1975

(Photo Harold Clarke)

Fowler 15423

Fowler BB1 15423 in 1970. Where was it? (Photo Harold Clarke)

Needs a little attention!

Fowler BB1 15409 at Knowl Hill 1992.  This engine was sold at auction by Cheffins at the disposal of the ‘Keeley Collection’ in May 2016.

Archive of the month

AL 152   Fowler BB1 15451 SD 9378 circa 1973

Fowler BB1    Circa 1973

Fowler BB1   15452    SD 9377 Circa 1973

Fowler BB1 15454 TW 1802 October 1968 at West Tilbury, Essex

Fowler BB1 15454         TW 1802     22 May 1977

Fowler K7

Fowler K7   15516    CT 4051 October 1968 at Orwell Cambridge

picture taken in 1972

John Billard took this picture about 1972 in the company of Bob Griffin and Peter Noble. However he has lost the details. 

Can anyone help?   Please contact John

any ideas?

Any ideas?

Fowler 18HP AA6 class DCC numbers 13417 (DO 2024) and 13418 (DO 2023). Owner Alfred & Frank Bass of Moulton Marsh, Holland, Lincs. Foreman: Joe Harrod, Driver: Joe Coddington. Later sold to Sir John Hope, Dunbar.

Photo from Bob Gibbons, Castor, Peterborough – SPC Archives

Fowler BB1 15454