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Steam shovel and navvies working at Westcotes, Leicester

Steam shovel and navvies working at Westcotes, Leicester

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L2392. A group of navvies pause from their work 'south of Western Road bridge' (S.W.A. Newton's notes), and pose for the camera beside their Ruston steam navvy. The engine's cab is not an original feature, but an improvised structure fashioned from wood and corrugated metal that afforded the men inside some protection from the elements. Note the two women standing at the rear of the cab, and the short lengths of track used to manoeuvre the excavator: surely the crudest example of contractor's temporary railway.
Publisher
ContributorLeicestershire County Council
Creatorpersonalname - Newton, S. W. A.
Datecreation - circa 1897
TypePhotographs - Black and white
Formatdimension.H - 116mm
dimension.W - 163mm
IdentifierNewton - W 6/2
SourceS. W. A. Newton Collection - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
LanguageEN
Relationcopy of - glass plate negative
part of - S. W. A. Newton Collection
CoverageLocation.Creation Site - Westcotes, Leicester (O.S. Ref: 457800 303300)
Location.Current Repository - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
period - circa 1897
RightsLeicestershire County Council