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Wallis & Steevens no. 2357 a roller of 1896 HO 6139 at Rushden Transport Cavalcade show 2008

Wallis-steevens Advance roller DU4737

Wallis & Steevens Advance 8ton Roller DU 4737 at Rushden show 2008

Wallis & Steevens of Basingstoke, Hampshire, England produced agricultural equipment, traction engines and steam and diesel road rollers.

HistoryEdit

The company was founded in 1856 by Arthur Wallis and Charles Haslam in newly-built premises that they named The North Hants Ironworks. The works were sited on Station Hill in Basingstoke and the company began trading as Wallis & Haslam. Shortly afterwards the company were highly commended for their hand worked bench drilling machine at the 1857 Royal Agricultural show in Salisbury, United Kingdom. Even at this early stage, the company were producing a wide variety of agricultural equipment, and alongside the bench drill were corn drills, turnip drills, four types of horse hoe, drag harrows, a 3 hp threshing machine, a barley hummeller and sundry other devices. In 1862, a third partner, Charles James Steevens joined the company and when Charles Haslam retired in 1869, the company became Wallis & Steevens. The date of production for the companies first Portable steam engine is not known although the earliest surviving drawing is dated 1866. The first traction engine, an 8 hp single was built in 1877 from drawings by Arthur Herbert Wallis (son of the company founder) and this vehicle made its trial run on the 21st of June that year. The vehicle was named "Success" on the strength of its performance during the test and given the works number T250.

An unusual feature of some small rollers by the company is the use of an inclined boiler. One engine with this feature being called Pepper Pot, another being Christopher SN8032 of 1932 'CG 571'

Manufacture of steam vehicles gradually gave way to petrol from the 1930s and production continued at the Station Hill premises until its enforced closure with the redevelopment of Basingstoke town centre during 1966 and 1967. Production then transferred to a site at Daneshill where the company enjoyed a brief resurgence before the general trading recession of 1980-81. In May 1981, agreement was reached with B.S.P International Foundations Ltd of Ipswich to "take over the designs and copyrights of the current production models, together with spares, components and goodwill and for the business to be transferred to the BSP works at Claydon." The transfer was completed by July 1981 and at that point Wallis & Steevens ceased to trade.[1]

Model Time LineEdit

Wallis and Steevens Advance Roller - VOT756 at tinkers Park 2014 - IMG 1478

Advance roller (VOT756) at Tinkers Park 2014

Wallis-steevens tractor BJ8765

Wallis & Steevens 7hp Tractor BJ 8765 at Rushden show 2008

Wallis and Steevens 8058 controls-DSC01243

Controls on a Wallis and Steevens roller footplate. Note the "Works no." Cast into centre of plate

  • 1840 - Firm founded as R Wallis & Son, Carriers & Merchants.
  • 1850 - Firm become brass 7 Ion founders and Agricultural Implement makers
  • 1856 - Become agents to sell Portable stem engines, & start to manufacture threshing drums.
  • 1861 - Charles Steevens Joins firm, now Selling Clayton & Shuttleworth engines.
  • 1867 - Demonstrate own design of portable engines (4 & 8 hp)at Royal show.
  • 1874 - win Bronze medal for portable engine in Vienna
  • 1880 - Building engines for generators
  • 1882 - First Traction engine built of 7 hp.
  • 1890 - First Convertible roller, a 6 hp model built.
  • 1893 - Become Limited company
  • 1895 - First "Road Locomotive" sold
  • 1898 - Showmans Engine built.
  • 1906 - Steam wagons built.
  • 1907 - Foden sue for patent infringement and lose.
  • 1911 - 3 ton rubber tyred lorry launched
  • 1914-18 - War reduces production as staff called up/join up
  • 1920s - Recession cause wage cuts
  • 1923 - Launch "Advanced" steam roller designs
  • 1924 - Last 5 ton steam lorries made, as competitor from diesel engines take over.
  • 1924 - "Simplicity" steam rollers still selling for export.
  • 1929 - Introduce welding for manufacturing.
  • 1930 - concentrate on Steam Rollers after first Diesel one only sold at cost
  • 1930 - Last Wallis & Steevens Traction Engine built, given the works number 8052 (now in preservation as East Lothian Star)
Wallis & Steevens Advance roller OG-D 58986 - IMG 6124

A Wallis and Steevens type OG/D Advance roller

  • 1930 - 2 Ton petrol roller introduced after successful trial
  • 1931-33 - Recession - firm losing money and lay off staff
  • 1944 - "Universal" range introduced
  • 1955 - Choice of engines offered
  • 1957 - Cabs introduced (Enclosed)
  • 1959 - Power steering added to range.
  • 1966 - Move to new Danes hill factory, then old Station Hill works demolished in 1967.
  • 1974 - Marshall go bust, Wallis picks up orders
  • 1981 - Design rights transferred to BSP International of Ipswich.
  • 1981 - Wallis & Steevens cease trading.

Diesel rollersEdit

The Advance name was crried over from the steam line to the IC engined rollers built by Wallis and Steevens.

PreservationEdit

Several Wallis & Steevens vehicles can be seen at the Milestones Museum in Basingstoke

  • Wallis & Steevens Advanced 8ton 'OU 4737' of 1930 at Rushden show 2008
  • Wallis & Steevens Tractor 'BJ 8765' of 1928 s/n at Rushden show 2008
  • Wallis & Steevens Roller 'CG 571' "Christopher" s/n8032 of 1932

Steam engines & rollersEdit

Please add any known machine details to the Table below.

Preserved machines built by Wallis & Steevens Ltd
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Engine No. Name Build Date Type Weight Power nhp Reg No. Owner Image Other info
Wallis & Steevens no. T169 Maynach 1883 TE  ? 7 nhp BS 8161 owner ?, IOM To add Earliest surviving W&S engine in UK.[2]
Wallis & Steevens no. 2149 The Mistress 1890 RR  ?  ? BP 9469 Milestones Museum Image needed LHB


(not on display, Aug 2009)

In the collection of Milestones Museum
Wallis & Steevens no. 2357 Big Emma 1896 Convertible Tractor - 6 hp HO 6319 J.P. Vickery, of ? Wallis & Steevens no. 2357 - Big Emma - HO 6139 at Rushden 08 - P5010220 Holcot Steam Rally 2008, Old Warden 2009
Wallis & Steevens no. 2394 Michelle Louise 1897 TE 10 Tons 5 nhp BE 9345 Owner ? Image needed LHB


Wallis & Steevens no. 2459 - 1899 Experimental  ? 8 hp AL 9335 Owner ? Image needed LHB


Wallis & Steevens no. 2489 Victoria 1900 TE  ? ton 6 nhp AD 8906 A. Jackson of Yorkshire Wallis & Steevens no. 2489 TE Victoria - AD 8906 at Harewood 08 - IMG 0512 At Harewood 2008Duncombe Park & Masham 2009
Wallis & Steevens no. 2524 Caroline 1900 RR 10 tons 5 nhp BP 8585 Owner ? Image needed LHB


Wallis & Steevens no. 2574 Saracen 1902 TE (RR) 10 ton  ? HO 6045 The Rhodes Family To add At Weeting Rally 2009
Wallis & Steevens no. 2656 Little Olga 1903 Tractor 5 ton 3 nhp HO 5834 The Hirst Family, Hampshire. To add At Kemble 2009
Wallis & Steevens no. 2660 Billy 1903 Roller  ?  ? CJ 4816 Owner unknown Image needed LHB


On loan to Ironbridge George Museum[3]
Wallis & Steevens no. 2680 Liberty 1903 TE  ? ton 7 hp HK 9786 Owner ? Wallis &Steevens no. 2680 - Liberty - HK9786 with Powell bailer at GDSF 2013 - IMG 7514 GDSF 2013
Wallis & Steevens no. 2706 Drummer 1904 TE (ex RR) 6 ton 4 nhp OPG 87R (ex XC 9659) Owner ? Image needed LHB


Un restored - Shown in Old Glory Tent at GDSF 2009
photo on Traction Talk site
Wallis & Steevens no. 2758 name ? 1904 Steam Tractor 3 ton 3 nhp NL 1574/A 6781 J. Waterfield, Boston Lincs to add At Carrington Steam and Tractor Rally 2010 & 11
Wallis & Steevens no. 2918 The Little Giant 1906 TE weight 6 nhp TA 351 Owner ? to add At Beaulieu Steam Revival 2010
Wallis & Steevens no. 2931 - 1907 TE  ?  ? nhp AA 2167 Liverpool Museum[4] Image needed LHB


Made a rare appearance at Liverpool Year of Culture celebrations
TER list jumps from 5929 to 7008 ?
Wallis & Steevens no. 7090 Vectis 1909 Traction  ? 6 nhp DL 2846 Milestones Museum Wallis & Stevens no. 7090 - TE - Vectis - DL 2846 at Beaulieu 2010 - IMG 7382 At Beaulieu Steam Revival 2010
Wallis & Steevens no. 7102 The Reeder Express 1909 AG - TE 10 ton 7 nhp BH 7446 Dibben Family, Fordingbridge, Wiltshire to add At Netley Marsh Steam Rally 2011
Wallis & Steevens no. 7155 Forager 1910 TE 8½ ton 6 nhp MO 2015 B&R Newman, Hampshire To add At Netley Marsh Steam & Craft Show 2011
Wallis & Steevens no. 7269 Panther 1912 Traction engine  ? ton 8 nhp NO 3343 Owner ? Wallis & Steevens no. 7269 - TE - Panther at Onslow Park 09 - IMG 6414 At Onslow Park Steam Rally 2009
Wallis & Steevens no. 7279 - 1912 Wagon 5 ton  ? nhp AA 2470 Hampshire CC collection Wallis & Steevens no. 7279 Wagon - AA 2470 in Milestones Museum 09 - IMG 4092 In Milestones Museum Basingstoke.
Unique example of a W & S Steam wagon.[5]
Wallis & Steevens No. 7370 Fair Rosamund 1914 Traction engine  ? tons 7 nhp BL 4707 V Hawkins, Bristol Wallis & Steevens no 7370 Fair Rosamund reg BL 4707 at Lister Tyndale 09 - IMG 4101 At Lister Tyndale Steam Rally 2009
Wallis & Steevens no. 7372 Loki 1912 tractor 5 ton 4 nhp HO 5608 Paul Wipps, Essex Wallis & Steevens no. 7372 - ST - Loki - HO 5608 at Tinkers Park 2010 - IMG 6118 At Tinkers Park Rally 2010
Wallis & Steevens no. 7497 Faith 1916 TE class Expansion  ? ton 7 nhp NO 4710 N. Taylor, Suffolk Wallis & Steevens no. 7497 Faith reg NO 4710 at Woolpit 09 - IMG 1528 At Woolpit Steam in 2009
Wallis & Steevens no. 7498 Progress 1916 Agricultural TE 10 ton 7 nhp HO 5629 R.W. Herring Wallis & Steevens no. 7498 TE Progress reg HO 5629 at Elvaston 09 - IMG 6579 At Elvaston Steam Rally 2009
Wallis & Steevens no. 7614 Sir Douglas 1919 TE  ? ton  ? nhp AF 3456 Milestones Museum Image needed LHB


(not on display, Aug 2009)

in the Milestones Museum collection
Wallis & Steevens no. 7626 Molly 1919 TE  ? ton 6 nhp RZ 4773 Rory Woolf, Randlestown NI Image needed LHB


Wallis & Steevens no. 7637 Spitfire / Tortington 1920 Oil bath tractor 5 ton 4 nhp HO 2779 Owner ? Image needed LHB


At Beaulieu Steam Revival 2010
Wallis & Steevens no. 7666 Wheat Sheaf 1919 TE  ? ton 6 hp BL 8289 J. Saunders, Bedfordshire Wallis & Steevens no. 7666 TE - Wheatsheaf - BL 8289 - Saunders at Old Warden 09 - IMG 1329 At Weeting Rally 2009
Part of the Saunders collection
Wallis & Steevens no. 7690 Sir William 1919 TE  ? ton 7 hp BJ 8765 A & M Smith, Amptill ? Wallis-steevens tractor BJ8765 Rushden 2008 & Weeting Rally 2009
Wallis & Steevens no. 7742 Clausentium 1921 RR 10 ton  ? nhp CR 6315 Honeybun family to add At Netley Marsh Steam & Country Show
Wallis & Steevens no. 7769 Greenwell 1919 TE  ? ton 7 hp PD 7172 M. Sutherland of County Durhsm Wallis & Steevens no. 7769 Greenwell of 1923 reg PD 7172 at Barnard Castle 09 - IMG 0638 Barnard Castle Steam Fair 2008
Wallis & Steevens no. 7779 Sir Lancelot 1923 RR 10 ton power HO 6260 Owner ? Wallis & Steevens no. 7779 RR - Sir Lancelot - HO 6260 at GDSF 08 - IMG 0899 At Great Dorset Steam Fair in 2008
Wallis & Steevens no. 7786 Jenny Wren 1924 Roller  ? ton  ? nhp NK 7051 Hollycombe Steam collection Image needed LHB


Wallis & Steevens no. 7801 Wanda 1924 TE  ? ton 8 nhp PU 3378 Kiki Angelrath, Displayed In Strumpshaw Hall Steam Museum Wallis & Steevens no. 7801 Wanda reg PU 3378 at Strumpshaw rally 09 - IMG 0215 At Strumpshaw Hall Steam Rally & Weeting Rally 2009
Last W&S 8 nhp TE built.
Wallis & Steevens no. 7802 The Viper 1924 ST - Oil Bath 8 ton  ? nhp HO 6352 P. Tansley, Leicester Wallis & Steevens no. 7802 - The Viper - HO 6352 at Prestons 11 - IMG 5493 At Preston Services open day Jan 2011
Wallis & Steevens no. 7836 Jenny 1925 RR 6 ton 4 nhp RO 895  ? (At Preston Services Kent) Wallis & Steevens no. 7836 - SR - Jenny - RO 895 at Prestons 11 - IMG 5634 On display at Preston Services open day Jan 2011
Wallis & Steevens no. 7851 Friend Richard 1923 Advanced type roller  ? ton  ? nhp HO 6459 Alan Atkinson collection, Lancashire Wallis and Steevens roller sn 7551 Friend Richard reg HO 6459 at Southport 09 - IMG 7553 Seen at Southport & Cumbria in 2009
Wallis & Steevens no. 7861 Advance 1926 (?) Roller Advanced 6 ton  ? nhp HO 6469 G. Rutter, Co. Durham Wallis & Steevens no. 7861 - RR - 'Advance' - HO 6496 at Corbridge 2010 - IMG 8583 Seen at Corbridge Steam & Vintage Rally in 2010
Wallis & Steevens no. 7867 Old Lytham II 1926 RR 6 ton  ? hp OT 3078 In the Hampshire CC collection Wallis & Steevens no. 7867 RR - Old Lytham II - OT 3078 in Milstones Museum 09 - IMG 3981 Displayed at the Milestones Museum Basingstoke
Wallis & Steevens no. 7872 Duke of Wellington 1930 Tractor 5 ton 4 nhp OU 5247 R. Hazell & Sons collection, of ? Wallis & Steevens no. 7872 Duke of Wellington reg OU 5247 at Woodcote 09 - IMG 8090 At Woodcote Rally
Wallis & Steevens no. 7905 Tomboy 1926 Roller  ? ton 5 nhp OT 3191 D Wothers, Evesham Worecestershire Wallis & Steevens no 7905 Roller Tomboy reg )T 3191 at Lister Tyndale 09 - IMG 4089 At Lister Tyndale Steam Rally 2009
Wallis & Steevens no. 7907 - 1912 RR Advance type 10 ton  ? nhp OT 3317 Alan Brice, Kent Wallis & Steevens no. 7907 - RR - OT 3317 at Tinkers Park 2010 - IMG 6236 At Tinkers Park Rally 2010
Wallis & Steevens no. 7922 Tom Boy 1927 RR Advanced 8 ton  ? nhp PP 8588 D.W. Davis, Bucks Wallis & Steevens no. 7922 Roller reg PP 8588 at Woodcote 09 - IMG 8139 At Woodcote Rally 2009
Wallis & Steevens no. 7931 Chipchase 1927 RR 10 ton 4 nhp OT 5350 T. Shadbolt, Wrexham Wallis & Steevens no. 7931 - SR - Chipchase - OT 5350 at Kelsall 11 - IMG 1728 At Kelsall & Shrewsbury 2011
Wallis & Steevens no. 7936 Pepperpot 1927 RR type Simplicity 3 ton 1 nhp OT 5187 Micheal Salt, Shropshire Wallis & Steevens no. 7936 - RR - Pepperpot - OT 5187 at Onslow Park 09 - IMG 6735 At Onslow Park 2009
Wallis & Steevens no. 7940 Susie 1928 RR "Simplicity" 3 ton 1 nhp OT 8512 owner ? Wallis & Steevens no. 7940 - Simplicity roller - Susie - OT 8512 in Milestones Museum 09 - IMG 3931 In Milestones Museum (on loan ?)
Wallis & Steevens no. 7941 City of York no. 3 1927 RR 'Advanced' 10 ton 4 nhp DN 2005 J&D Knapton + E Robinson, W Yorkshire Wallis & Steevens no. 7941 RR - DN 2005 at Harewood 08 - IMG 0449 at Harewood House Steam Rally 2008
Wallis & Steevens no. 7967 Lillian 1927 RR Advanced 8 ton  ? nhp OT 7256  ? Wallis & Steevens no. 7967 RR Lillian - OT 7256 at St.Albans 09 - IMG 1626 At St.Albans Steam Rally
Wallis & Steevens no. 7986 - 1928 Roller  ? ton  ? nhp OT 8207 Bradford Industrial Museum To add Misc info (were seen, photo taken, special features etc)
Wallis & Steevens no. 7991 name ? 1929 Advanced 10 ton power OU 704 Gilbert Armour, Antrim NI to add Image needed LHB


At Shanes Castle Steam Rally 2013
Wallis & Steevens no. 8005 - 1929 RR 8 ton power ? OU 2684 Colin & Clair Belamy To add At Toddington Steam Rally 2010
Wallis & Steevens no. 8006
In New Zealand
- 1929 RR  ? ton power ? - MOTAT - Auckland NZ Image needed LHB


In Old Glory Magazine no. 219, May 2008
Wallis & Steevens no. 8023 Christopher 1932 Simplicity type Roller 3 ton ton 1 nhp CG 571 Hollycombe Steam collection Image needed LHB


Wallis & Steevens no. 8033 Pheobe 1930 RR type AD 8 ton  ? OU 5185 Owner ? Image needed LHB


Wallis & Steevens no. 8038 - 1930 SR 10 ton  ? No reg Damptromleklubben Image needed LHB


Wallis & Steevens no. 8047 Endeavour 1930 Advance type RR 6 ton 4 nhp OU 6002 J. Bone & A. Vaughan, East Sussex Wallis & Steevens no. 8112 - RR - Lucy - DHO 364 at Tinkers Park 2010 - IMG 6151 At Tinkers Park Rally 2010
Wallis & Steevens no. 8052 East Lothian Star 1930 TE 10 ton 6 nhp OU 7435 Jim Snell Image needed LHB


Last Wallis & Steevens Traction Engine built
Wallis & Steevens no. 8058 Ambition 1930 RR 8 ton 5 hp OU 4737 M.J. Farmer, Notts Wallis-steevens Advance roller DU4737 Livery of "Heanor UDC" At Holcot Steam Rally 2008 + others
Wallis & Steevens no. 8082 City of Worcester 1931 RR - "Advanced" 10 ton  ? nhp CG 9931 P. Rally, Stillingfleet to add At Pickering Steam Rally 2011
EX ?
Wallis & Steevens no. 8088 Pride of Castle Bawn 1934 Advance 8 ton power CG 4250 Eric Wilson, Antrim NI to add Image needed LHB


At Shanes Castle Steam Rally 2013
Wallis & Steevens no. 8089 Dallum Star 1933 RR type AD Advanced 8 ton  ? nhp CG 4674 G. Smith Photo to add Lincoln Steam Rally 2008
Wallis & Steevens no. 8099 Chichester 1936 RR 8/10 ton  ? nhp AOU 941 D & P Crampton Wallis & Steevens no. 8099 Advance Roller - Chichester - reg AOU 941 Elvaston 09 - IMG 7307 At Elvaston Steam Rally
Wallis & Steevens no. 8100 James Stuart 1936 RR - "Advanced" 8 ton  ? nhp BAA 432 D. Antell, Dorset to add At Netley Marsh Steam Rally 2011
Wallis & Steevens no. 8104 name ? 1936 RR - Advanced 6 ton  ? nhp GOR 248 At Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre Image needed LHB


Wallis & Steevens no. 8112 Lucy 1939 RR Type Advanced 8 Ton 5 nhp DHO 364 S. Gaines, Kent Wallis & Steevens no. 8112 - RR - Lucy - DHO 364 at Tinkers Park 2010 - IMG 6151 ex Pontypridd UDC
believed youngest survivor by W&S.[6]
Image needed LHB


Wallis & Steevens no. 1234 name ? date built type weight power Reg no. ? Owner Image needed LHB


width=65% Machine types Key: References / Sources
PE = Portable engine, Plg = Ploughing engine, SR/RR = Steam Roller,
SM = Showman's Engine, ST = Steam Tractor, SW = Steam Wagon, TE = Traction Engine,
  1. cite book |last=Whitehead|first=R.A.|authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Wallis & Steevens, A History|year=1983 |publisher= The Road Locomotive Society|location= Farnham|isbn=0-95084-80-0
  2. TER 2008, page 80
  3. Old Glory Magazine, Museums list
  4. Old Glory Magazine, Museums list
  5. TER 2008, page 81
  6. TER 2008, page 83


Diesel rollersEdit

Please list any known examples of the diesel rollers below;

List of Preserved Wallis and Steevens Diesel Rollers
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Make + Model No. Reg No.
(if known)
Serial No. Build-Date Engine-Type/Make Owner
(if known)
Photo Were seen/Featured in Other info
Wallis & Steevens Advance 4347 UE+ OF/D 44970 Year ? Antony Coulis Wallis and Steevens Advance roller (4347 UE) at Shildon 2012 - IMG 4345 NRM Shildon Restored example
Reg no.? sn ? Year ? Owner ? Image needed LHB


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Please add any tractor with known reg or serial no. with Photo if possible.
Make & model reg no serial no date built engine owner Image needed LHB

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  • Diesel roller Photo on the Flickr site - Roller with interesting cab (Also loads of other great photos in the 'Homer----Simpson's photostream'.

ReferencesEdit

  1. cite book |last=Whitehead|first=R.A.|authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Wallis & Steevens, A History|year=1983 |publisher= The Road Locomotive Society|location= Farnham|isbn=0-95084-80-0
  2. TER 2008, page 80
  3. Old Glory Magazine, Museums list
  4. Old Glory Magazine, Museums list
  5. TER 2008, page 81
  6. TER 2008, page 83

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