Engineer, Threshing and Haulage Contractors
Keeping History Alive!

W Seward and Son, the story so far...

This Sewards of Petersfield website is dedicated to the story of the business W Seward and Son, Engineer and Haulage Contractor, started in 1886 by Walter Seward of Petersfield, Hampshire, England. You will find on this website the known history of the business, its employees and its glorious steam traction engines, of which there were a total of 14 over the years.

The business and workshop ceased to exist in 1969/70 with the passing of James Seward, son of Walter Seward. However, three of the traction engines, a centre engine from Noyce’s gallopers fairground ride, and an original Tasker trailer exist to this day. The eldest of the traction engines, Marshall 14242 Victoria, Empress of India, is now own by Walter’s great, great grandson, Lloyd Wakelin and his family, and is shown at events across the South of England, continuing the story of this engine for future generations to enjoy.

You will find in the news section of this website updates to the on-going and ever evolving story of Marshall 14242, Victoria. 

The story continues...

Balls Cross 2021

Balls Cross 2021

Balls Cross is a small charity event that is held over the first weekend of September each year
Road Run to the Pub

Road Run to the Pub

We had a great road run to the pub for lunch over the weekend
Victoria, Wagon and trailer reunite

Victoria, Wagon and trailer reunite

It's been a long while since all 3 of our steam related items have been together.

Future stories...

Victoria is now the main character in a hit children’s story book series called Victoria’s Torton Tales, written by Wendy Wakelin, originally for her children when Victoria returned to the family in 2002. The first books in the series were published in 2016.

We hope you enjoy reading the history of this small business based in the picturesque market town of Petersfield, Hampshire, nestled under the rolling hills of the South Downs.

If you know more history about this business or its steam engines, we would love to hear from you, as it will enable us to add to the known history. You can contact us by emailing

Thank you for stopping by, and we hope to see you at an event with Victoria one day.

Lloyd & Wendy Wakelin and Family