Nightingale Traction, Tansley
William Nightingale at the controls of
a steam traction engine, driving
a threshing machine. A long belt connects the thresher to the large wheel
behind William's back. On the left of the photo is a large, well made and
very well roofed haystack. Nine labourers are visible
working on the thresher, a stack of empty sacks are being filled with grain,
and a full sack being wheeled off to the right. A lad aged about 4 is
helping by carrying an empty sack.
William was born at Ashover and married
Harriet Dakin of Matlock.
In 1901 they were living at Masson Terrace in Tansley.
Close by was Spout Farm, run by
Gervase Taylor, farmer and Milk retailer.
It is possible this photo was taken at Spout farm.
In "Tansley Remembered" Keith Taylor writes:
The time for threshing had arrived and one of these powerful, steam
driven, machines was owned by Mr Nightingale of Tansley Knoll. He often
kept it in the stack yard of the Royal Oak pub, but when he travelled to
farms some distance away he would tow a "caravan" behind and use it for his accomodation.
Keith Taylor dates the photo at about 1914. My guess is 1906, estimating
William's age at about 38 not 46.
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