CJR Fyson & Sons

Most local lads went to work on the farm when they left school at the age of 12 to 14. Here agricultural workers at St. John's Farm, Soham Fen, take a break and pose for this early photograph beside the old engine believed to be T5 in the early 1900’s.

During the time of CJR Fyson and RW Fyson, there was a strong tendency, typical of engineering firms in East Anglia, to carry on jobbing work of a varied nature. Manufacturers such as Fyson’s produced thousands of small agricultural implements and tools as a sideline to their main business. Fysons were producing elevators by 1916 for use with threshing drums - the Hayes patent elevators were technologically advanced for the time. By 1921, Fysons were looking at the use of farm tractors.
Production on this small scale continued for only a short period after the close of World War II. Higher living standards and changing ways of life demanded improved efficiency and profitability. Industrial specialisation became essential.
Ever aware of the need to keep up with the times, Fyson’s moved forward. After the demise of the steam engine, and the introduction of diesel engines, there were new challenges to meet.
Conveyors had originally been part of the gear on the early steam driven threshing machinery. Developing this piece of rustic technology and marketing it as modern loading equipment made Fyson’s the name we remember today.

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