TG1823 : Wallis & Steevens Traction Engine "Wanda" - detail

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

Wallis & Steevens Traction Engine "Wanda" - detail
Wallis & Steevens Traction Engine "Wanda" - detail
"Wanda" > LinkExternal link is based at the Strumpshaw Hall Steam Museum in the Broadland district of Norfolk, and a general purpose one-cylinder steam engine built in 1924. Here she can be seen at the Marsham Starting Handle Club's summer show. For a more detailed look see > LinkExternal link.

The company was established in 1840 by Richard Wallis as corn, salt and coal merchants at Basingstoke, Hampshire. When the North Hants Iron Works was opened in 1856, Charles Haslam joined it. By then, the company had been making mainly threshing machines, and in 1860 Wallis and Haslam won a prize at the RASE Canterbury Show for the best threshing machine to be worked by horsepower. In 1861, Charles Steevens joined the business and the manufacture of steam engines was developed. A new works was opened in 1966 at Daneshill. Wallis and Steevens ceased trading in 1981. Source: Graces Guide > LinkExternal link

"Wanda", No 7801, registration number PU 3378, was the last 8NHP single engine made. She came new to the Matthews family in Essex where she was used for threshing. In 1991, Wesley Key of Strumpshaw Hall, who started the steam museum's collection, bought her.
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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Sunday, 13 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Monday, 14 August, 2017
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 1844 2341 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:45.8456N 1:14.1746E
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