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« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2010, 14:15:28 »
Thanks very much for that info, Paul. :)

I don't recall seeing any letters or numbers during restoration, but I will go over it thoroughly at the weekend.
 

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« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2010, 11:33:18 »
There is nomally a number engraved into the wood somwhere.
Or the wheel makers name is normally on them with a date.
The wheels could have been changed at some point though..
Maybe it's big horse I'm a Londoner. :{

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« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2010, 10:38:53 »
Hi All. :)

The sad thing is, that very little is known about it. Apparently, it was used at a Stately Home in Hertfordshire at some point in time, but whereabouts, I've been unable to find out. It's very difficult, say nigh on impossible, to trace the history of a hosecart unless it has the name/crest of the town/village on it.

It was found in a barn, (not known where) in a very poor condition several years ago. A previous owner, at some stage, had just begun to restore it, but lost interest. The owner, prior to me, continued with the restoration, until he became very ill and was unable to carry on. I purchased it 8 years ago with about 1/3 of the work done, and gradually completed the job over the following 18 months.

Leofwine; I don't know when it was last "operational" but hosecarts lasted in Works Fire Brigades well into the '60's, and it has been in preservation for 20+ years to my knowledge.  As for Leg power, it was as many as you could get! It weighs nearly a 3/4 ton so it wouldn't have been much fun going up a steep hill with only a couple of blokes pulling it!!

grandarog; Spot on! It's a slot-together scaling ladder, built to the specifications of Sir Eyre Massey-Shaw, the Chief Officer of the Metropolitian (later London) Fire Brigade and was designed to gain access over walls, fences,etc. The head of the ladder was painted white to aid visibility in thick smoke.


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« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2010, 18:56:49 »
Thats a great restoration on your cart ,its lovely to see the  restorations to save more everyday used  items rather than the big expensive Engines etc.Was it all your work if so well done you can be proud. I cant work out how the extension ladder worked ,the slider slots confuse me.LOL. Does one section just fit on end of another and not slide like a modern one.

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« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2010, 17:24:55 »
Nice cart afsrochester, how long was it in use? (And how many 'leg-power' is it?)
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« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2010, 17:17:28 »
 :) Thought I best check, I didn't think your garden would be big enough.

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« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2010, 16:48:32 »
Nothing to do with me Kyn, although I wouldn't have said No to it!  :) :) :)

This is my "Fire Engine"; A Shand Mason Hosecart dating from the late 1880's.


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« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2010, 10:03:22 »
Had a walk back down this way yesterday and the engine has now gone....

Anythng to do with you afsrochester?  ;-)

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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2010, 17:51:17 »
Thanks Kyn. :)

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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2010, 16:21:57 »
It is parked in a industrial area on Dorset Road, off New Road in Sheerness, we viewed it from the other side of The Fleet here:
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=51.430772,0.752247&spn=0.001458,0.005429&t=h&z=18

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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2010, 15:30:21 »
Hi Kyn.

Can you tell me whereabouts this is parked please? :)

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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2010, 15:47:44 »
This one is parked up in a coach company parking area

 

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