JOHN BIGGS in Bishop Auckland was taken by the picture of Memories 64 of the 1910 Lanchester
Landaulette vintage car appearing at the 1954 Etherley Dene
steam rally – because John attended the rally.
It was organised by his next-door neighbour, Herbert Dunn – the man who, in 1947, had built the miniature railway at Saltburn.
It was held on the curiously named Jumbo Field, in Etherley Dene.
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“Steam traction engines didn’t have the same cachet as they do now,” says John.
“In fact, you could still see them in use. An agricultural contractor called I’Anson would use a traction engine to tow a belt-driven threshing machine from farm to farm.
“The third vehicle in his procession was a threewheeled Reliant van, which he would use to drive home in at night.”
• IF the Jumbo Field isn’t a peculiar enough name – can they have kept elephants in Etherley Dene? – the road just to the west of it is called Widgan Walls Lane. It runs past a farm called Widgan
Walls Farm. Can anyone explain?