Episode 78

ELIZABETHAN AGE Part Two: Lawn and Order

In the second part of this look at the evolution of agri-turf machinery and equipment during the 70 years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II (1952 to 2022), I consider the technological advancements in lawnmowers and grass cutting equipment with my guest Brian Radam, the founder and curator of the British Lawnmower Museum.

The collection numbering over a thousand machines, sits above Brian's lawnmower sales and service dealership in Southport, Lancashire. It attracts thousands of visitors, particularly from overseas, who are fascinated and intrigued by the once proud manufacturing lawnmower manufacturing tradition in the UK.

As well as many early models including the original blueprints, the Museum displays many machines donated by famous people, including from members of the Royal family.

The Museum is often featured on TV and radio programmes including Antiques Roadshow and supplies machines to film and TV production companies featuring in hit shows such as Downton Abbey

British Lawnmower Museum

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Chris Biddle

Chris is an experienced journalist specialising in the farm and grass machinery market. He has worked for a major tractor manufacturer and been a managing director of a farm and grass machinery dealership in the West Country.
In 1988, he launched trade magazine, Service Dealer followed by TurfPro in 1998, selling both titles to Land Power Publications in 2015.
He was editor of Landwards, the professional journal of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) from 2008 until 2019 and is the recipient of the 2020 IAgrE Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Land-Based industry.
Chris lives in Salisbury with his wife Trish, and is an avid cricket fan and member of the MCC for over 55 years.