Item BCA - 2019.1763 - 1898 Fowler steam roller

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BCA - 2019.1763


1898 Fowler steam roller


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John Wharton explained:-

This is an 1898 Fowler steam roller. But there is a story that goes with it. In 1898 the employees of Fowlers of Leeds went on strike because they objected to their wages being reduced. The Oxfordshire Steam Ploughing Co had ten steam rollers on order, so they went up to Yorkshire and picked up as many bits as they could. They returned to their factory in Cowley and built the rollers. What they did not have, they made. Just one of this batch survived into preservation. I do not believe it is this one.

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