Bringing the Past Alive

Our Working Heritage

In our working heritage series we have so far looked at Steam Powered Pumping Stations and vintage harvesting. These will be followed by further titles covering some more of our engineering and agricultural past, particularly the story of steam engines in agriculture and how the development of tractors and the equipment they pulled or powered advanced the effectiveness of our agriculture. We will also be looking at the development of the canal system, how they were built and operated and also we are going to look at some other more rural crafts such as the whole process of thatching from ‘Field to Roof’. We are also beginning to research the part that wind and water mills played in getting the cereal crops from the field turned into flour and then bread, with the intention of producing a title covering all that was involved in that process.

Steam and Vintage Rally’s and Shows

Starting last year with the 50th anniversary of the Shrewsbury Steam Engine and Vintage Vehicle Rally we have been covering such events as they are a great place to find large numbers of historic and vintage vehicles, skills and activities taking place. From steam and tractor ploughing; to harvesting and threshing, and many other trades and activities from the past. We have again covered the Shrewsbury rally and also the Welland steam and vintage rally, we intend to look at more of these vintage gatherings in the future.


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Sentinel Steam Waggons

This two DVD set provides over two and a half hours of the story of the Sentinel Steam Waggons manufactured in Shrewsbury. The history of the wagons and the differences between the main types is explained with interviews from many of the owners about their vehicles. The wagons are seen on the move at rallies and events and the 2015 celebration road run in Shrewsbury.

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Hollycombe - Steam in the Country

The Hollycombe working steam fun fair and collection has been entertaining and educating visitors about our engineering heritage for over fifty years, this 90 minute DVD will show you why.

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Steam Ploughing An Introduction to Two Engine Cable Cultivation

Produced for and with the Steam Plough Club by explanation and demonstration this DVD covers all aspects of preparing, setting up and operating engines and implements for two engine cable cultivation. Providing all of the basic information required, including safety aspects, this DVD is intended to enable novice operators to understand what is required before they are involved in practical work, rather than as ‘pure entertainment’.

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Len Crane Double DVD

This is a double pack of both Len Crane DVDs

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Len's Legacy

After the sad news of the death of such a grand gentleman, this is a follow up to LEN CRANE- A BLACK COUNTRY STEAM ENGINEER. This is all about how Endurance his showman’s engine and his B6 fowler crane engine are used and still shown by Jane, Len’s wife, and those who worked with him.

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Gloucestershire Steam Extravaganza

Organised by the Stroud Vintage Transport and Engine Club (or SVTEC) Hundreds of historic, vintage and classic cars, motor bikes, trucks, military and commercial vehicles plus almost 50 steam engines.

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Up Hill and Down Dale

The first Wirksworth Assessment Trial Road Run – May 2014. Watching the Road Steam Engines prove that they can still work and travel as they were designed to do. A real fun day out .

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A Life Working With Heavy Horses

A real link to our past – Shire Horses are the gentle giants of the horse world. Jonathan and Fiona Waterer run their business at Higher Biddacott Farm using them both on the farm and spruced up for Wedding Carriages and wagon rides through the quiet country lanes of Devon.

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The 50th Welland Steam and Country Rally 2014

In 2014 the rally had 50 years to celebrate, and as usual put its heart and soul into giving everyone who attended the best possible time. There were many steam engines there and also a full size rail locomotive to ride on. The fun fair was powered by showmans engines and the Worzels proved that they still have plenty of energy. Well worth watching.

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From Field to Roof

Following Oxfordshire based Farmer/Master Thatcher Andy Bowman and his team as they sow, harvest and comb their long stem wheat - and use it to thatch roofs all over the county. To get the long straw harvested Andy uses some of the last binders to be made pulled by some old tractors. We also look at Butser Iron Age Farm, to find out how thatching was done by our ancestors.

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Steam at the Furrow - The Steam Plough Club Great Challenge

The Great Steam Plough Challenge 2013. Cable ploughing in action, with engines and ploughs developed in the late 19th century at work in the 21st. In this seventh great challenge 20 engines took part and with the exception of a McLaren ploughing engine (one of only two known to survive) all the engines and ploughs came from Fowler’s Steam Plough Works. The engines and ploughs work the fields the way they were intended.

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The 2013 Shrewsbury Steam Rally

This DVD takes you to the 2013 Shrewsbury Steam Rally, the grand parade of 80 steam engines, the vintage and historic cars, motor bikes, trucks, tractors, vintage prams and much more.

The 2013 Welland Steam and Country Rally

The 2013 Welland Steam and Country Rally was bigger and better than before with over a thousand exhibits. This DVD gives 85 minutes of what there was to see, from the arena to the working field, the static displays to the steam engines, vehicles and entertainment, with narration and interviews with some of the exhibiters about their vehicles and equipment.
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Len Crane - A Black Country Steam Engineer

Len has been involved in restoring and operating road steam engines for over five decades. This DVD tells his story, first as a champion motorbike scrambler (MOTOX) and his miniature engineering of scale models, then we cover the story of his restoration of four engines, two of which he still has, His Fowler Super Lion Crane Engine and Endurance his 1903 Burrell Showman’s - found rusting away and now restored to her former glory.

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The Last Working Vintage Harvest

Harvesting as it was done in days gone by. Vintage tractors, binders, thrashing machines, early combines and the like being used to bring in a real harvest.

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Shrewsbury Steam Rally DVD

Onslow Park Rally 2011 Official Souvenir DVD. All of the action, the massed engines as well as vintage tractors at work in the fields. Being Shrewsbury (the home of the Sentinel works) there is also a fine collection of Sentinel steam wagons on show.

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Steam Powered Pumping Stations DVD

Victorian steam power, first of a Heritage series. Explanations and lots of live footage of four beam engine powered pumping stations. The story of these stations and their big Beam engines, all under steam and working as they used to up to 200 years ago! Featuring Papplewick, Dog Dyke, Crofton and Clay Mills.

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Steam Powered Pumping Stations Part 2 DVD

Second in the Heritage series. As in part one - we get the experts and enthusiasts who ‘steam’ these stations to tell us all about them and show us what they are like in action. Featuring - Leawood on the Cromford Canal, The Abbey station which is in the middle of Leicester, Weston Zoyland which was used to drain the Somerset levels and Mill Meece which pumped up fresh water in Staffordshire.

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The 2012 Shrewsbury Steam Engine and Vintage Vehicle Rally DVD

As it says on the box! We return to Onslow Park, but this time before it all started to see what is involved in the set up process and also to get explanations from some of those attending about their engines, as well as all of the engines, tractors and other vehicles on the move and working.

The 2012 Shrewsbury Steam Engine and Vintage Vehicle Rally DVD

The Welland Steam rally offers a lot more than just steam engines and vintage vehicles and this 90 minute DVD reflects that. Filmed over the three days of the rally, it covers all of the engines, the arena events and the demonstrations of vintage working, from steam ploughing, to harvesting and Victorian ‘road building’ as well as a full size train operating on a recently laid length of track! Price £17.00 GBP includes P+P in the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe, for the rest of the world £19.00 GBP. Ensure you select the correct location before clicking the 'add to cart' button.

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