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About this eventJoin us for a full day of vintage road steam photography using steam engines and rollers dating back over one hundred years.
With its picturesque views and quiet country lanes, Apsley Mill is an ideal location for recreating timeless scenes from yesteryear. The Apsley Mill site has a long and varied history. It is believed to have been a grain barn on staddle stones as early as the Sixteenth Century. Staddle stones were mushroom shaped wood and later stone pillars set under buildings such as grain stores which were used to elevate the barn from the ground in order to protect the contents from mice, rats and other pests, and from water seepage. In the mid-1800s the building became a brickyard and more recently was employed as a saw mill for the Apsley Estate. From the 1970s, the site’s most unusual incarnation was as a boat yard! Two years ago, it was purchased by the Oakley family for whom it has become home, and we are extremely grateful to them for allowing us to use their land for our event.
The Steam Engines confirmed as attending are ...
• 1918 Ruston Proctor compound steam tractor No.52453 The Lincoln Imp
• 1910 Ruston Proctor steam roller No.38591 Midnight
• 1922 Aveling & Porter steam roller No.10282 Stoney Broke
We expect a further two engines to be joining us though these have not yet been confirmed. We will have a variety of living vans and trailers to pair with our steam engines so there will be an abundance of vintage cameos to capture.
There are a wealth of photographic opportunities at the site itself, and should we need them there are also quiet public lanes in the immediate vicinity. One of the private roads near the Mill is in need of a little remedial attention, which presents us with a perfect opportunity to effect some real-life road repairs using vintage equipment. In addition to the steam engines we will also have a vintage JCB, dumper truck and tractors to help out with the work and help create our authentic period scenes. Nearer to the house we will have a saw bench in action cutting logs, and a stone crusher working, so there will be no shortage of photographic opportunities to keep us busy during the day.
Tea and coffee will be available during the day, but not food so please bring your own supplies to sustain you. Our intended start time is 10.30, but please arrive from 10.00 onwards so that we can do the short but important safety briefing prior to commencing photography. We are delighted to have use of this venue, and look forward to you joining us for an event packed with exciting opportunities to recreate scenes that would have been seen in the English countryside a century ago.
- Spare batteries
- Camera protection - rain covers etc
Other things you should bring
- All levels welcome
- Sturdy outdoor shoes
- Wet weather gear