Chronology of Engines owned by W. Seward and Son

This list shows the chronological use of the steam engines owned by W. Seward and Son, Petersfield. From the initially purchase in 1886 of the Marshall 14242 (now called Victoria, Empress of India) to the high point of the firm from 1911 through to 1917, when there were 9 engines of various types being employed for tasks covering Road Haulage, Farm work and Road Rolling. Though the success of the firm can’t be measured purely by the number of engines owned at any one time, it is however, indicative of the steady growth and evolution/diversification to its peek, followed by the gradual demise of the business through the 1920s and 30s.

September 1886 to January 1890.

Number of Engines: 1

  • Marshall traction engine No. 14242.

February 1890 to October 1895.

Number of Engines: 2

  • Marshall traction engine No. 14242.
  • Marshall traction engine No. 17821.

November 1895 to November 1896.

Number of Engines: 3

  • Marshall traction engine No. 14242.
  • Marshall traction engine No. 17821.
  • Fowler compound traction engine No. 7453.

December 1896 to January 1900.

Number of Engines: 4

  • Marshall traction engine No. 14242.
  • Marshall traction engine No. 17821.
  • Fowler compound traction engine No. 7453.
  • Wallis and Steevens roller No. 2377.

January 1900 to November 1901.

Number of Engines: 5

  • Marshall traction engine No. 14242.
  • Marshall traction engine No. 17821.
  • Fowler compound traction engine No. 7453.
  • Wallis and Steevens roller No. 2377.
  • Wallis and Steevens roller No. 2183.

December 1901 to January 1903.

Number of Engines: 5

  • Marshall traction engine No. 14242.
  • Marshall traction engine No. 17821.
  • Fowler compound traction engine No. 7453.
  • Wallis and Steevens convertible No. 2377.
  • Wallis and Steevens roller No. 2570.

Mid(?) 1903 to December 1904.

Number of Engines: 6

  • Marshall traction engine No. 14242.
  • Marshall traction engine No. 17821.
  • Fowler compound traction engine No. 7453.
  • Wallis and Steevens convertible No. 2377.
  • Wallis and Steevens roller No. 2570.
  • McLaren road locomotive No. 726.

January 1905 to September 1907.

Number of Engines: 7

  • Marshall traction engine No. 14242.
  • Marshall traction engine No. 17821.
  • Fowler compound traction engine No. 7453.
  • Wallis and Steevens convertible No. 2377.
  • Wallis and Steevens roller No. 2570.
  • McLaren road locomotive No. 726.
  • Wallis and Steevens compound roller No. 2819.

October 1907 to Mid 1911.

Number of Engines: 8

  • Marshall traction engine No. 14242.
  • Marshall traction engine No. 17821.
  • Fowler compound traction engine No. 7453.
  • Wallis and Steevens convertible No. 2377.
  • Wallis and Steevens roller No. 2570.
  • McLaren road locomotive No. 726.
  • Wallis and Steevens compound roller No. 2819.
  • Wallis and Steevens 3 ton tractor No. 2667.

Mid 1911 to September 1911.

Number of Engines: 9

  • Marshall traction engine No. 14242.
  • Marshall traction engine No. 17821.
  • Fowler compound traction engine No. 7453.
  • Wallis and Steevens convertible No. 2377.
  • Wallis and Steevens roller No. 2570.
  • McLaren road locomotive No. 726.
  • Wallis and Steevens compound roller No. 2819.
  • Wallis and Steevens 3 ton tractor No. 2667.
  • Burrell road locomotive No. 3211.

October 1911 to April 1913.

Number of Engines: 9

  • Marshall traction engine No. 14242.
  • Marshall traction engine No. 17821.
  • Fowler compound traction engine No. 7453.
  • Wallis and Steevens convertible No. 2377.
  • Wallis and Steevens roller No. 2570.
  • Wallis and Steevens compound roller No. 2819.
  • Wallis and Steevens 3 ton tractor No. 2667.
  • Burrell road locomotive No. 3211.
  • Wallis and Steevens oilbath tractor No. 7258.

May 1913 to Mid 1917.

Number of Engines: 9

  • Marshall traction engine No. 14242.
  • Marshall traction engine No. 17821.
  • Fowler compound traction engine No. 7453.
  • Wallis and Steevens convertible No. 2377.
  • Wallis and Steevens compound roller No. 2819.
  • Wallis and Steevens 3 ton tractor No. 2667.
  • Burrell road locomotive No. 3211.
  • Wallis and Steevens oilbath tractor No. 7258.
  • Wallis and Steevens oilbath tractor No. 7393.

Mid 1917 to Mid 1918.

Number of Engines: 8

  • Marshall traction engine No. 14242.
  • Marshall traction engine No. 17821.
  • Fowler compound traction engine No. 7453.
  • Wallis and Steevens convertible No. 2377.
  • Wallis and Steevens compound roller No. 2819.
  • Wallis and Steevens 3 ton tractor No. 2667.
  • Wallis and Steevens oilbath tractor No. 7258.
  • Wallis and Steevens oilbath tractor No. 7393.

Mid 1918 to June 1919.

Number of Engines: 7

  • Marshall traction engine No. 14242.
  • Marshall traction engine No. 17821.
  • Fowler compound traction engine No. 7453.
  • Wallis and Steevens convertible No. 2377.
  • Wallis and Steevens compound roller No. 2819.
  • Wallis and Steevens oilbath tractor No. 7258.
  • Wallis and Steevens oilbath tractor No. 7393.

July l919 to Mid(?) 1923.

Number of Engines: 6

  • Marshall traction engine No. 14242.
  • Marshall traction engine No. 17821.
  • Fowler compound traction engine No. 7453.
  • Wallis and Steevens oilbath tractor No. 7258.
  • Wallis and Steevens oilbath tractor No. 7393.
  • Wallis and Steevens 5 ton oilbath wagon No. 7586.

Mid(?) 1923 to Mid 1927.

Number of Engines: 5

  • Marshall traction engine No. 14242.
  • Marshall traction engine No. 17821.
  • Fowler compound traction engine No. 7453.
  • Wallis and Steevens oilbath tractor No. 7258.
  • Wallis and Steevens oilbath tractor No. 7393.

Mid 1927 to 1935.

Number of Engines: 4

  • Marshall traction engine No. 14242. (Retired from work in 1933)
  • Fowler compound traction engine No. 7453.
  • Wallis and Steevens oilbath tractor No. 7258.
  • Wallis and Steevens oilbath tractor No. 7393.

1935 to Mid 1938.

Number of Engines: 3

  • Marshall traction engine No. 14242. (Retired from work in 1933)
  • Fowler compound traction engine No. 7453.
  • Wallis and Steevens oilbath tractor No. 7393.

Mid 1938 to 1943.

Number of Engines: 2

  • Marshall traction engine No. 14242. (Retired from work in 1933)
  • Fowler compound traction engine No. 7453.

1943 to 1969.

Number of Engines: 3

  • Marshall traction engine No. 14242. (Retired from work in 1933)
  • Fowler compound traction engine No. 7453.
  • Fowler showmans road locomotive No. 9393.

N.B. Fowler showmans road locomotive No. 9393 was bought by James Seward in 1926 and loaned to Nelson Noyce, a local showman and family friend, who used it until laid up in 1943 and returned to Seward’s yard in Chapel Street, Petersfield. A savage centre engine (No. 722) was removed from a set of gallopers purchased by James Noyce in the mid 1950s and was kept in the Chapel Street works until its closure in 1969.

This chronology was compiled by Kevin Lockyer.

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