Snowy lane on Dartmoor


Mannings of Dawlish lorry struggling along snowy roads in the deep snow of 1963.

Mannings of Dawlish lorry stuck in the deep snow of 1963.

This photograph is one of a series taken by the young Stanley Ewings on his box brownie in the winter of 1963. Because of the extreme snow, he was laid off from his usual scaffolding work for 5 weeks. During this period, he worked with his father, travelling round Devon in the lorry which his father drove. His father worked for Mannings of Dawlish, transporting cattle, pigs and sheep etc in his lorry. Stanley Ewings' photographs record these trips, and most vividly the times the lorry got stuck in deep snow drifts on the moor. In this particular photograph the lorry is captured well and truly stuck in a snow drift. It remained stuck there for 6 hours - until it was finally dragged out by a couple of tractors. Luckily the lorry was not carrying a load at the time.
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Updated on April 25, 2019