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  • The Arrival of the Tractor


The Massey Harris Pacemaker Tractor – MC48.

Just as the lorry took over from the horse-drawn wagon, so the tractor superseded the horse on the farm. As usual, Gibbs was quick to supply this wonderful new invention, together with all the implements which it could operate. They had a long association with Massey Harris, finally relinquishing the dealership in 1958.

A Massey Harris Tractor pulling a trailer loaded with bales.

During World War II, much more land was brought into cultivation in order to feed the population when imported food became almost impossible to get. The firm was kept busy, often working into the evening, with everyone from craftsmen to office girls helping to unpack and assemble the vast quantity of crates filled with agricultural machinery which arrived from America as part of the Lease Lend Scheme.

Advertisements for Gibbs dating back to World War Two, illustrating how even basic items were difficult to obtain.

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