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Pre-WWI. Pagefield lorry for Burtonwood Brewery Co and driven by Harry Potter. Reg No: EK 402.
Reg No. MA 3006. (Michael McClelland is the man leaning on the windshield).
February 1914.
1933. Light Six Wheel Lorry.

Walker Brothers of the Pagefield Iron Works in Wigan, Lancashire produced commercial vehicles from 1907

1904 The firm was formed for general engineering work

1907 Company formed and produced 2-ton lorry

1913 Produced the N model, a subsidy 4ton lorry using a 42 hp Dorman engine and supplied 519 to the Forces. It remained in production until 1931.

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices of Petrol Motor Commercial Vehicles see the 1917 Red Book under the Pagefield name.

1919 - 1920 A few Pagefields buses were made on a lorry chassis.

1921 One of these was bodied as a bus in Britain.

1922 A similar lorry rated at 5-tons was produced

1927 A low frame PSV chassis was produced. It was very ahead of its time having a six-cylinder Dorman engine, four wheel internally-expanding drum brakes.

The whole engine assembly could be detached and wheeled out; this was an idea later brought about by Morris-Commercial.

Users of Pagefields were Grant's Saloon Services and Wigan Corporation who were local to the company.

The company were known for making the most successful battery-electric trucks.

Became well known in 1920s and 1930s for waste collection vehicles of a novel design

1930 Produced some mobile cranes for the London, Midland and Scottish Railway and the London and North Eastern Railway using Dorman engines. They later used Tilling-Stevens petrol-electric units

1931 Produced the six-wheel 12ton Plantagenet chassis with a Gardner 6LW six-cylinder diesel engine. Probable that 5LW five-cylinder fitted in early versions.

Also produced Pompian (4ton); Pathfinder (6ton); Pegasix (trailing axle six-wheeler); Paladin (6/7ton)

WW2 Made shells and sections for the Mulberry Harbour project and a number of special cranes

1948 Became Walkers and County Cars

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Sources of Information

British Lorries 1900-1992 by S. W. Stevens-Stratten. Pub. Ian Allen Publishing