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Steam Plough Club, Woodside, Roadwater, Watchet, Somerset, TA23 0RG

Registered in England and Wales, Company No. 07750299

Notes on pictures above.  

Peter Hammond, on the bicycle, contacted the Club from Norfolk with information on this pair of engines. He suggested that they were ‘Prince’ and ‘Princess’ but they have since been identified as ‘Windsor’ (foreground) and ‘Sandringham’ numbers 15364 and 15365, 18hp AA7 class engines built in 1919, owned by John Patten of Little Hadham. The engines were initially called ‘Pat’ and ‘Fan’ but their names were changed around 1950. The engines are pictured in 1950-1951 when at Shingwell Aerodrome, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire where they were engaged in pulling up the coconut mats that had been laid to create a training aerodrome using a cultivator with two tynes down. Peter also recalls that Fowler AA7 class engines 15362 and 15363 ‘Lion’ and ‘Tiger’ built in 1919 were present and using a mole drainer to pull out buried cables. His father drove ‘Lion’ from 1926 until 1960 when the pair was sold to J.W. Hardwick & Sons.

unidentified engine

Ploughing with unidentified engine

R J Keeling digging.  Essex

"R.J.Keeling Digging". (Crays Hill, Billericay, Essex) Ransomes, Simms & Jeffries Engine with chain driving a rotary digger. Perhaps  a  Darby Digger

Fowler BB1 15139 HR 3399 "Master" at Rally

Fowler 14HP SC wrought iron engine RH. Possible 1763 or 1764. Father driving engine; Photo Oct 20th 1913. (Holkham Singles) plus 5 Furrow Plough.

Unidentified engine

Probably WW2, note the RAF uniform 3rd left

Fowler 14HP SC wrought iron engine LH. Possible 1763 or 1764. Originally known as "The New 14" Probably about 1878-1882. Distinguished by 5' rear wheels, double salters and wrought iron box carrying crank assembly. Also tank steering. Photo Oct 20th 1913. (Holkham Singles). Brant Hill near Wells 1913


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Fowler BB1 15226 (NR 77) "Tiny Tim" of 1918 with plough

This photograph was taken by Barry J. Finch and published in 1962 on page 48 of his book “Ploughing Engines at work”

Fowler BB1 no.15410 loaded on Pickfords low-loader BJT 185 outside TRENCHARDS warehouse.

On its way to Tasmania for Lunnicks Dredging works 1951

Fowler BB 14382 (NM 557) behind 14381 of 1917 under tarpaulins. New July 1917. Pictured at The Priory, Stamford when owned by E.C. Hinch in 1952

Left engine is Fowler BB 14709 (NM 504?). Possibly 14708 on right?

Centre engine is Aveling & Porter 8hp ZTD of 1918.

Unidentified Fowler PE in J & W Gower Yard at Bedford

Unidentified collection of seven engines.

Registration of centre engine NR(K) 9

Unidentified engine

Fowler AA7 15358 or 15359 (NK 1193 or NK 1194) of 1919 LH. Taking on water and laden with sacks of coal before starting work

Fowler AA7 class engines 15364/5 ‘Windsor’ and ‘Sandringham’ in 1950-1951

‘Windsor’ and ‘Sandringham’ set off to work at Shingwell Aerodrome, Sawbridgeworth, Herts

Barford Windlass at Acton Quarry near Long Melford, Sussex.

Fowler Z7 No. 16720. Slide valves, long cab, 2-speed plough gear. L/H view showing widening rings for rear wheels. Owned by Bomford & Evershed, Salford Priors, Worcs. Pic taken 1951.

Threshing Scene. Unidentified Engine

Steam Power, Taiwanseito Co., Ltd., Formosa. Unidentified ploughing engine pulling disc harrow?

Pair of unidentified PEs with Cultivator. Possibly the Witham Steam Ploughing Company.

A Kitson & Hewitson 14hp Slanting-shaft Engine, Balance Cultivator, Water Cart & Horses plus ‘Family & Crew’.


The photo is featured in  “Lincolnshire at Work With Steam”  - a celebration of the ‘Lincs. Steam Engine Preservation Society 1959-2009’ – and is credited to the Museum of English Rural Life.  The footnote says “The engine seen here is typical of Kitson with the cylinder over the firebox, crankshaft driving direct to the drum below and road transmission gear with massive crown wheel and slanting drive shaft to the rear wheel”.

Fowler BB1 15437 of 1920 Double-speed plough gear.

Left L. Lea Ploughman, J. Skeet Foreman, F. Ingles Driver. Honeydon,

Nr. Eaton Socon, Bedfordshire 1930

047 Fowler BB 13776 "Heroine" and Fowler BB 13777 "Hero" with plough, living van and cultivator in tow   

L Fowler BB 14709 (NM 504?)     R Aveling & Porter 8hp ZTD  1918

Believed to be Fowler Z7 No. 16719 when owned by Lunnicks of Reading. Lunnicks relocated their business to Tasmania c.1951 and this engine went with them after it had been converted to oil firing. Later for restoration to Australia, returned to coal firing and now operational in Victoria.

Two-speed ploughing gear, lugs on rear wheels for widening rings, crane now removed.

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

Aveling & Porter 8nhp compound ploughing engines numbers 6818 reg. DO 1907 and 6817 reg. DO 1906 built in July 1909.  

Their last owner was J.K. Gandy of Thurlby, Lincs

Fowler 18HP AA6 class

Unidentified pair of engines in a rather sad state. Does anyone know more?

Believed to be Fowler 14HP SC Ploughing Engines 2898/9? With L.F. Briggs & Son, Stamford, Lincs., No.1 Set. Foreman: Jim Potter. Drivers: Joe Booth, Sid Carter.

Photo from Bob Gibbons, Castor, Peterborough- SPC Archives

Believed to be Fowler 14HP SC Ploughing Engines 2898/9 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

Unidentified engine 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

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

7 Furrow Balance Plough at the 1st Great Challenge

AA038 7 Furrow Balance Plough at the 1st Great Challenge, Upper Boddington, 1994. Matthew Rawlings steersman (Photo- Dick Blenkinsop)

any ideas?

Any ideas?

AL 177   Fowler AA7 number 16053 of 1925, “John” in 1986.

(Photo Harold J. Clark)

Fowler AA7 number 16053 Fowler AA7 number 16063

Fowler AA7 number 16063 of 1928. Photograph taken in 1968 at Orwell, Cambridgeshire.             (Harold J. Clark photo)

Fowler AA7 number 16064 of 1928. Photo taken in 1968 at Orwell, Cambridgeshire.             (Harold J. Clark photo)

Fowler AA7 AL 180   Fowler K7 Jack of Herts

AL 180   Fowler K7 number 16646 of 1926 “Jack of Herts”. 

Photo taken in 1982.                                    (Harold J. Clark photo)

AL 182   Fowler K7

Fowler K7 number 17756 of 1933. Photo taken in 1978. (Harold J. Clark photo)

Fowler K7 number 17757

Fowler K7 number 17757 of 1933. Photo taken in 1978.

(Harold J. Clark photo)

Fowler AA7,   plough and Mole Drainer in tow

Fowler AA7 number 15567, CE 7692, of 1920. Plough and Mole Drainer in tow. Believed scrapped in 1952. (Harold Bonnett collection)

Burrell Single Crank Compound

Burrell Single Crank Compound 16 n.h.p. Universal Side Drum PE No.2890 Reg. CE 8731 of 1907. Flywheel on right, Winding Drum on left. Registered to George Flack, Orwell, Cambs. Scrapped in 1939

Pair of PEs under canvas. Right engine number plate is NK 1193 (Darby & Joan?) John Patten's Yard. Hall Farm, Little Hadham, Herts.

Fowler BB1 15226 NR 77 at Rally

Fowler BB1 Diesel conversions Delilah and Samson

15348 (left) and 15349 (right), ‘Delilah’ and ‘Samson’

These conversions need the wider 16” front wheels as there is more weight to the fore than when they were steam.

John Allen number 67 of 1913. Photograph taken in 1991 [Harold Clark Collection]

diesel conversion

Fowler 14267 of 1914. Bomford & Evershed diesel conversion (engine in tender).  Photo March 1973. [Harold Clark Collection]

Fowler Motor Cable PE 18600 or 18601

Fowler Motor Cable PE 18600 or 18601 of 1929. Photo’d 1991 at Faldingworth, Lincs. [Harold Clark Collection]

Members Brian Albon and John Price have confirmed the engine featured as Fowler 18600 while in the ownership of the Nicholson Brothers of Faldingworth, Lincolnshire. 

At the sale of this and sister engine 18601, in October 1999, they were advertised as Diesel Ploughing Engines. The catalogue stated that Lot number 1239, engine number 18600, was right handed and fitted with a five cylinder National Gas & Oil Company engine coupled with the original Fowler transmission. The left hand motor cable engine in the auction, number 18601, was Lot 1238 and was fitted with a Deutz six cylinder engine with original Fowler transmission.

The records show 18600 and sister engine 18601 were supplied to cable Cultivating Contractors Ltd., in 1929 with 150hp petrol engines and became their No.3 Set.  Both now survive in Worcestershire. It is not known when the diesel conversions took place.

Many thanks to Brian and John

Aveling & Porter

Aveling & Porter 8890 of 1918.

Photographed in September 1968. [Harold Clark Collection]

Fowler 14hp Single

Fowler 14hp Single number 1642 of 1871.

Photographed in September 1971.  [Harold Clark Collection]

A member has identified the location of this photo as Stourpaine Bushes – the original site of the Great Dorset Steam Fair. He remembers the setting as he had his BB1 there towards the end of the 70’s.

Would anyone like to identify the engine and where and when this photo was taken? [Harold Clark Collection]

unidentified engine Fowler 22hp Z7

Fowler 22hp Z7 no. 16719 of 19/07/1926. DSPG.

This engine went to Lunnick's, was converted to diesel firing and was much modified throughout its life. Survives in Australia.

                                                                         [Harold Bonnett Collection]

Fowler BB1 no. 15438

Fowler BB1 no. 15438 of 19/06/1920. DSPG.

New to Arthur Bazley, Boreham Farm, Warminster then to William Reynolds then Chivers. Can anyone identify the crew?                    

[Harold Bonnett Collection]

Fowler AA7

Fowler AA7 no. 15235 of 11/12/1917.  Can anyone identify the gent?

[Harold Bonnett Collection]

The figure in the picture might be Owen Easy who I introduced to the club about 1981.  Others may wish to confirm this.  If so, the photographer could be his father Chris Easy who was an ex-Great Eastern engineman based at Cambridge. Sadly Owen died at an early age not long after his dad.  

John Billard

Fowler AA7 no. 15364

 Fowler AA7 no. 15364 of 12/09/1919. To John Patten by 1924 where the pair were originally called PAT & FAN.

Names transferred and became Windsor & Sandringham. Does anyone know the boys on the tender?                                     [Harold Bonnett Collection]

McLaren number 112 of 1881. With Fowler double-drum windlass for roundabout ploughing. Photographed when with Hills & Checksfield, Burmarsh, in August 1950.                                         (Photo: G. Eastes)

Fowler 10HP Horizontal Shaft PE number 1149 of 1869 at P.C. Stickels, Newchurch, Romney Marsh, Kent.  The Left Hand engine.

(Photo: J. Russell)

Fowler 10HP Horizontal Shaft