Memories - (TWSB Co)

Thrapston Washed Sand & Ballast Company

Bernard Dennison

Weighbridge & Office June 1987
Gravel Bridge, over Bridge Street, 1984
Nine Arch Bridge and Gravel Bridge 1984

Thrapston Washed Sand & Ballast Company

Bridge Street

Beyond the station was the sand and gravel operation. It was owned by Thrapston Washed Sand & Ballast Company with the offices and workshops, garages, weighbridge, etc. and washing and screening and loading plant.

The ballast was brought to the plant in barges and the extensive gravel pits, now known as Thrapston Lakes were the result.

Bill Cooper was the manager.


Extract from: Recollections of Thrapston and its people after the Second World War. By Bernard Dennison.  (Recorded October, 2005)

This page was added on 08/12/2015.

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  • Th Quarry was also known as Thomas Roberts Ltd. Bill Cooper was my Grandfather who was always accompanied by his Boxer dog ‘Candy’ who contentedly rode to work in the open boot of Bill’s Hillman Minx. I remember the big pit workings very well right back to the 50’s. At that time the raw material (hoggin) was barged a couple of miles to the screens off Bridge St. The constant humming noise was heard all day in Thrapston and Islip. The tippers were loaded by a steam powered crane. Great memories.

    By Derek Cooper (03/08/2017)

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