Wednesday, January 25, 2012

ABC Wednesday:
B is for Brewer's Dray

A Brewer's Dray is a waggon used by breweries to transport barrels of beer to their pubs. At one time they were drawn by horses but later motorised drays came to be used.

This one belongs to Stockport brewers, Frederic Robinson Ltd., and these photographs were taken in 2010 when Stockport was celebrating the 750th anniversary of its market.

The two and a half ton, 27 horse power vehicle was manufactured by Thorneycroft and first registered in Somerset in 1927. It had an average speed of 20-25 mph and fuel consumption was 6 mpg.

Robinson's acquired the vehicle in 1980 from the Irwell Street Metal Co.Ltd. of Ramsbottom and had it restored by Ollerton Engineering Services of Salmesbury Bottoms and painted in the livery carried by similar waggons owned by Robinson's at the beginning of the 20th century.

Back in the 1950s the vehicle was still down in Somerset. It belonged then to Mr A E Chedzoy from Martock, whose business was that of mobile ironmonger-cum-oil-merchant. The photograph above is used here courtesy of David Gibbs. Read about its earlier life in his article Mr Chedzoy's Oil Boy first published in A Miscellany of Merriott Memories (1989) and now available on the Merriot Local History Group website.

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  1. Just don't like beer, but love the truck!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  2. Picturesque truck. 750 years is quite an anniversary. Great information.

  3. Pap would love to see that.

    Followed your blog.

  4. Love the color of the truck.

    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team
    New Follower too.

  5. Make sure you have some onee at the back so people don't climb up and steal the barrels. Watched it in a funny movie.

  6. A good hard-working vehicle with history.

  7. so remember my school time ago, if there is no public transport with my friends riding on a passing truck.

  8. This truck was first owned by my wife’s Grandfather and then her father - Mr Chedzoy! We have many family photos of the truck. Such lovely history and nice to know it’s still going. Would love to see it again.