Got shown these during a visit to an old friend and managed to borrow them to copy and post.
This is the first machine I ever sat on and later got to drive.
Yes the actual machine
Terry, the operator in the pictures was the guy who allowed me to sit on the machine with him and later trusted me as a very young lad to move it forward while he was pulling a long trench and later to learn to operate it.
These were about 1965 when he, operating for his brothers company Spiller Plant Hire Ltd were building the new church at Box Hill in Surrey.
Terry clearly remembers digging the drain out into the road for the sewer connection, front bucket up in the air while traffic mounted the pavement at the drop kerbs and passed by without a cross word going about their normal day
The machine was a Massey Ferguson 2203 or (5, not 100% sure) tractor with torque converter drive. Added to that was the front end loader we think a 207 and on the back was a 220 digger.
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Erecting the main timber frame of the new church.
A L Wells ready mix truck from Leatherhead.
In the village was a lad a few years older than me called Ian Hopkins who had a talent for drawing, these are a couple of his efforts.
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