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Traction Engines: George Swann

George Swann was another of the Drage & Kent drivers.  While he didn’t live in Chrishall he worked with many of the men who did of course. Summer 1928 – George Swann driver, aged about 16 These photographs are kindly reproduced with the permission of...
Ploughing, Drage and Kent 1950

Ploughing, Drage and Kent 1950

Three more photographs of Drage and Kent engines in work. The largest photo below was taken in 1950 and the gentleman standing on the left is Charles Cranwell who can also be seen on the 1917 photograph here where you can also see an excellent film showing how this...
Plough Team 1917

Plough Team 1917

A plough team from Chrishall in approximately 1917.  This might have been one of the last jobs this set of engines did with Drage and Kent as these engines were known to have been sold during 1917. They are: (Lionel) Stanley Clarke on the engine.  Then left to right:...

Charles Clarke obituary

Death of Mr C Clarke,  Chrishall This obituary first appeared in the Saffron Walden Weekly, 1959. Great loss to Methodism It is with great regret that we record the sudden death of Mr Charles Clarke of Church Road Chrishall at the age of 79 years. A native of the...
Drage & Kent’s “Gyro Tiller”

Drage & Kent’s “Gyro Tiller”

This incredible beast of a machine was also known as a Diesel Rotary Plough and was made by Fowler of Leeds, who were better known for the manufacture of steam locomotives and traction engines. It was a real monster and was used for breaking up the heavy clay Essex...

Traction Engines: Arthur Cane

These photos were taken on the 1st May 1928. Arthur Cane (born 1904?) worked for Drage & Kent of Chrishall working with the steam plough teams. Two engines, one at each end of the field would pull the plough by a cable turned by an horizontal cable drum under the...
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