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Ordered new as a chain engine, although is a two lever geared 8NHP engine on a 10NHP boiler, with front axle from a chain engine. The Burrell Works only used this gearing system for a couple of years before changing to a single gear lever engine. The engine was delivered to a Mr De’ath of Lavenham after being built and there’s little knowledge of the engine up until 1907 when she was up for sale by John Craven, an engine dealer in Ely. In 1907, W.J. Ford & Sons of West Row, Mildenhall purchased the engine, paying around £80. They were agricultural contractors and engineers and the engine was in need of some repair, they cut nine inches off the length of the boiler due to it’s rusty state and after repairs she was used for threshing until the 1940s.
Originally painted burgundy red, it wasn’t until a later date that it was realised the original colour was green, so she was repainted in late 80s, early 90s. Over the years there have been more repairs and restoration completed, in 2012 a new fire box was fitted, her first since being preserved back in 1972.
If you’d like to see ‘Century’ in steam with a Burrell drum and elevator, visit the Weeting Steam Engine Rally and Country Show, 14th-16th July 2017, there’s so much for all the family to see and do, and it's a great day or weekend out. Find out more at www.weetingrally.co.uk