Stormy Margate

Stormy Margate

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Pettman removals 1920


This photograph if of one of F.L Pettman removal lorries taken in the 1920's outside the gates of Dane Park. The firm was founded by Frederick Lewis Pettman who was the chairman of the business until his death in 1948. F.L Pettman was Mayor of Margate from 1932 to 1935, a freeman of the borough and a JP.
His business interests include a removal company and depository, a coal merchants, Sunbeam Photographs and the Kent Pure Ice Company in Bath Road. F.L Pettamn also owned the rights to the foreshore at Cliftonville which enabled him to run the Pettman Bathing Company in the later part of the 19th century and early part of the 20th century.
The vehicle pictured during the summer months would have been hired out to the railway company on Fridays and Saturdays delivering luggage to the Hotels and Guesthouses.
The photograph is from the Margate Historical Society archive and is for downloading.

4 comments:

Suzannah Foad said...

I have been researching the Pettman family for over 10 years. I would be interested to hear from anyone with info, stories and pictures, however small.
Many Thanks
Suzannah

PETER HEWITT said...

When I was around 10 years old, 60 odd years ago, I was invited by Mrs. Pettman to her house for afternoon tea, being a pupil of Coney Hill Home School for disabled boys in Margate run by the Shaftesbury Society. I remember in particular her lovely garden and pictures of hunting scenes in her lounge. Peter Hewitt

Tony Ovenden said...

Peter, Thank you so much for that comment I have forwarded it to Suzannah. Anymore gems like that we would love to hear.
Once again thank you.

southwood030 said...

I hope someone can help!

We live in Pilton, Somerset, and have recently bought an antique longcase clock which was made here in Pilton, Somerset.
We are trying to research the clock and its maker, Robert Somers Andrews, clockmaker of Pilton.
It was bought in Wells, 6 miles away, and we understand that it was from the estate of a local family.
We were therefore very surprised to find an old paper label inside printed "F L Pettman,3 dotted lines, Margate Pantechnicon" and wondered if you might be able to find out the approximate date of the label???
I could send a pic if someone emails me on ck.pilton@btinternet.com
We would like to know what the clock was doing in Margate!!!