TG1823 : Vintage lawnmowers on display - The Webb Wasp

taken 7 months ago, near to Marsham, Norfolk, Great Britain

Vintage lawnmowers on display - The Webb Wasp
Vintage lawnmowers on display - The Webb Wasp
The machine seen in the foreground is a Webb Wasp > LinkExternal link. The Wasp was one of a range of lawn mowers produced by HC Webb & Co Ltd, Witton, Birmingham and among the first hand mowers to be manufactured from steel rather than the heavier cast iron. The company was founded in the 1850s but did not produce lawn mowers until the late 1920s, being better known for producing front forks for motor cycles. Many Webb mowers have names starting with W, such as the Whippet, Witch, Windsor, Witton and Wizard, presumably as a marketing technique to reinforce the alliteration of the two words. Webb became part of the Atco-Qualcast Group and, although mowers bearing the famous old name continued in production well into the 1980s, the name is now no longer used.
Marsham Starting Handle Club Summer Show 2017
The show, the seventh in as many years, was held over the weekend of 12/13th August. It is growing bigger every year. More than 500 exhibitors displayed their tractors, stationary engines, vintage lawnmowers and agricultural implements, but there is much more to see on the 13-acres site which adjoins Orchard Cottage in Allison Street, such as several rare, "dancing" dual drive Doe-built tractors, classic and military vehicles and motorcycles, demonstrations in the parade ring of working gun and sheep dogs and demonstrations of old-time ploughing and harvesting in a crop field nearby. For the first time since its restoration the Soame steam wagonette was featured. The first tractor pulling event in the county for 27 years was also held here (in 2013). Fairground organs create just the right atmosphere, a bouncy castle provides entertainment for the younger visitors, and a variety of stalls can be sampled in the fun fair section of the site. Food vendors guarantee that no-one will be going home hungry.

According to Bob Parke, the site owner and one of the organisers, the show featured 350 tractors, over 100 classic cars, and about 80 motorcycles and had about 2,500 visitors.
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Friday, 11 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Saturday, 12 August, 2017
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