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 boiler.

For those interested in these things, the engine was built by John Fowler of Leeds

A photo of Arthur Cane as a young man at his sister’s wedding can be seen here and with his wife and son when they lived at Barleymans in the centre of the village.

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This picture is believed to show the young Arthur Cane driving.  It seems that the engines were organised in sets – here is the description from Kevin Swann (George Swann’s son) who kindly gave permission for us to reproduce this picture:

“I heard dad talk of Arthur Cane who was with Drage’s No 3 set Fowler PE  works No’s 14714 & 14715 Registration No’s NO 453 & NO 454 25/09/1918 New to Henry T. Drage (later Drage & Kent Ltd), Chrishall, Essex.  I believe the (above) shows Arthur driving, it would seem he always took pride in his dress code always wearing a collar and tie for work.”

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