Felling trees in 1965

Beech House was, presumably named for beech trees and it certainly had them.  In 1965 it was decided that at least some of them had to come down. They were enormous as can be seen by this photo of Maurice Little, axe in hand, standing on a felled trunk.

Maurice Little on a felled tree at Beech House, Market Lavington

Maurice Little on a felled tree at Beech House, Market Lavington

But of course, this was no job for just an axe wielding young man. 1965 may be all but fifty years ago, but mechanisation was at hand to help with some tasks – like lifting and transporting.

The heavy brigade for lifting and transporting timber in 1965

The heavy brigade for lifting and transporting timber in 1965

This is the back garden of Beech House, looking across to The Clays. That lorry looks interesting.

Can anybody identify the lorry?

Can anybody identify the lorry?

We feel this lorry predates 1965 by quite a few years but we do not recognise it and can’t read any maker’s name nor any operator’s name. Can anyone tell us any more? The registration is either ODO 908 or ODD 908.

2 Responses to “Felling trees in 1965”

  1. Broadwell Snow | Market Lavington Museum Says:

    […] Actually we don’t have a date for this. It may have been in the deep mid-winter.  The year, though, was 1950. Our photographer was standing close by Broadwell. The house behind the youngsters is Beech House and the reason for that name is visible behind the house. There used to be big beech trees in the back garden. We looked at felling in progress before. Click here. […]

  2. 1901 vandalism | Market Lavington Museum Says:

    […] The person who committed his initials to history was James Frank Welch, otherwise known as Jack. He carved his initials into a beech tree at Beech House in 1901. Of course it would have been good to have a 1901 photo so that changes could be seen. In fact we have one photo which was taken just before the tree was felled in 1965 (We have had pictures of the felling on this blog. Click here.) […]

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