Industry => General Industry => Topic started by: Blakey on November 21, 2017, 19:56:55

Title: W. Weeks Engineers Maidstone
Post by: Blakey on November 21, 2017, 19:56:55
Good Evening,

I am new to this forum, recommended to it by "Dave the Train"

I have recently purchased a "living van" (typically towed behind a steam roller to provide accommodation / shelter for road making gangs etc) On the back of the van there is a cast iron plate with the legend:

W. Weeks & Son
Ltd
Engineers
Maidstone

I know a very little about the company, as on a friends farm there is a "weeks water pump" but other than that I am ignorant! Does anyone have further information on the company, and when they were trading etc. Likewise are there any catalogues for the company which feature "living vans" - I would love to see a picture of how this would have looked when new, and likewise to try and date it.

Thanks for your help, hope this is of interest.
 

Title: Re: W. Weeks Engineers Maidstone
Post by: grandarog on November 21, 2017, 21:34:54
Welcome to the Forum. Congratulations on your acquisition, looks a good project. If you put  w weeks and son maidstone in Google search box, there is a wealth of info on line for you to sort out. Good Luck . :)
Title: Re: W. Weeks Engineers Maidstone
Post by: DaveTheTrain on November 22, 2017, 10:11:21
Welcome Blakey,

Nice to see you here.    Van looks great.
DTT
Title: Re: W. Weeks Engineers Maidstone
Post by: smiffy on November 22, 2017, 13:50:42
I seem to remember that Fred Dibnah had something very similar to this that he used to tow behind his Aveling and Porter.
Title: Re: W. Weeks Engineers Maidstone
Post by: grandarog on November 22, 2017, 14:32:13
The late Brian "Smudger" Smith had a larger Living van .
      It is still parked by his house at Danaway on the left of 249 .Also there are his swan neck transporter and (some times ) his Engine, which he bequeathed to his Grandson.
Title: Re: W. Weeks Engineers Maidstone
Post by: kms on December 08, 2017, 15:05:00


Weeks of Maidstone rebuilt loads of watermills in Kent and nameplates can be found in lots of places, particularly on waterwheels.  They initially started out as millwrights in the 1850s and were in partnership with another millwright named Petman in the 1850s.  The last reference I have to them is from 1924, when they must have been forced to shift away from millwork, due to lack of business.

Here is one of the waterwheels with a nameplate at Chegworth Mill, Ulcombe.
Title: Re: W. Weeks Engineers Maidstone
Post by: conan on December 09, 2017, 09:01:25
Hope you don't mind, I've shrunk the image to a more manageable size  :)

(https://i.imgur.com/QShqnTPl.jpg)
Title: Re: W. Weeks Engineers Maidstone
Post by: kms on December 10, 2017, 14:31:58
No that's good conan.

To be honest, I thought I'd shrank all my images, and this is one likely to be published one day.  I've since learned that publishers don't like shrunken images.
Title: Re: W. Weeks Engineers Maidstone
Post by: filmer01 on December 10, 2017, 15:00:51
The magazine piece that I do want my photos to be as large as poss (I use 4608x3456 on the camera). They can always reduce them, but cannot enlarge with quality if too small. It does mean that emailling them is a pain, with a 10mb limit per mail, sometimes I can only send two and a bit of text.