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Wallis and Steevens

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June 1872.
June 1872.
1874. Three horse portable engine.
1877. 8 HP agricultural engine.
1882. Semi-portable engine.
June 1903.
January 1906.
April 1907.
1922. Traction Engine.
1929. Motor Roller.
1929. Steam roller.
1933. 2.5 Ton Motor Roller.
1933. Engine of 10 3/4 Ton Roller.
1933. 10 3/4 Ton Oil Engine - Driven Roller.
July 1938.
1950. 2.5 ton Roller. Reg No: HOT 411.
1945. 2 ton Roller. Reg No: EOT 282.
1945. 2 ton Roller. Reg No: EOT 282.
No 7B Direct Sprayer.
No 7B Direct Sprayer. (Detail).

Wallis and Steevens of Basingstoke were producers of Traction Engines


1840 Richard Wallis established a business as corn, salt and coal merchants at Basingstoke, Hampshire

1856 Charles Haslam joined the firm when the North Hants Iron Works was opened in Station Hill, Basingstoke. The firm was then making mainly threshing machines.

1860 Wallis and Haslam of North Hants Iron Works won a £20 prize at the RASE Show at Caterbury for 'the best threshing machine to be worked by horsepower' [1]

1861 Charles Steevens joined the firm and the manufacture of steam engines was developed.

1871 Employing 80 hands [2]

1876 Details of their eight-horsepower portable engine

1877 Produced first traction engine

1870s The production of traction engines was built up.

1890 The firm's first road roller was built. Illustration in 'The Engineer'

1894 June. Royal Agricultural Society's Show. Road breaker

1895 Their first road locomotive was produced

1897 Public company

1906 Produced a steam wagon with various bodies and usually a 5 tonner. This was produced until 1925 and an example is at the Hampshire County Museum

1911 Smithfield Club Show. Exhibited traction engines

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices of Steam Motor Wagons, Tractors and Ploughs etc. see the 1917 Red Book

1923 The first of the Advance series of steam road rollers was introduced, and this heralded the increasing specialisation of the firm on road rollers. Petrol and diesel power succeeded steam, with Advance continuing as the company's brand name.

1928 Steam-roller. Exhibit at Bradford Industrial Museum

1961 Engineers and manufacturers of Advance diesel road and footpath rollers and Direct cold emulsions sprayers. 150 employees. [3]

1966 A new works at Daneshill was opened in 1966.

1981 Wallis and Steevens ceased trading

Steam Engines

See Wallis and Steevens: Steam Engines

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Hampshire Advertiser, Saturday, July 14, 1860
  2. 1871 Census
  3. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE