September 1927 is the date on the on the back
of the photographs that these pictures were taken from so the engines must
have been made and built some time before then.
William and Laura Woodward were
my paternal grandparents. William was born 28th September 1871 in London Road,
Flamstead, Hertfordshire, he married Laura in 1897 at Flamstead. His occupation
is listed on the 1901 census as, 'mechanical engineer', I always thought that
he worked for a gas company in Markyate at sometime in his working life, but
I am not 100% sure of this. He would have been 65 when I was born and in those
days it was a case being seen and not heard, so it was unlikely that I talked
to him very much, he died in Luton Bedforshire on 8th February 1950. His job
title and the nature of his work meant that he had the ability and capability
to make these engines.