The Darby Steam Digger working at Peldon in July 1904. This is a front view of the machine - the digging forks are hidden at the rear.



Newspaper cutting 14 January 1966, probably Essex County Standard. 


It is a review of a new book Saga of the Steam Plough by Harold Bonnett (Allen & Unwin 42s). Mr Bonnett writes: One pioneer was Thomas Darby of Pleshey who, in
1877 built the...
Cat1 Places-->Peldon Cat2 Farming

The Darby Steam Digger working at Peldon in July 1904. This is a front view of the machine - the digging forks are hidden at the rear.

Newspaper cutting 14 January 1966, probably Essex County Standard.
It is a review of a new book "Saga of the Steam Plough" by Harold Bonnett (Allen & Unwin 42s). Mr Bonnett writes: One pioneer was Thomas Darby of Pleshey who, in 1877 built the first Darby Digger. The actual erection was undertaken at the smithy in Pleshey. Later a more compact and lighter version of this machine was made by Davey, Paxman & Co.of Colchester.


Date: July 1904      

Photo: Ron Green Collection
Image ID RG25_481
Category 1 Places-->Peldon
Category 2 Farming

This image is part of the Mersea Island Museum Collection.