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120 Years Of Trading


Friday, 01 January 2016 - 00:00

Things that happened in 1896...

  • Utah is admitted as the 45th U.S. state.
  • Wilhelm Röntgen discovers a type of radiation later known as X-rays.
  • Walter Arnold, of East Peckham, Kent, England, is fined 1 shilling for speeding at 8mph (exceeding the contemporary speed limit of 2mph), the first speeding fine.
  • Puccini's opera La bohème premieres in Turin, Italy.
  • The first known women's basketball game between two colleges is played between Stanford and California.
  • The opening ceremonies of the 1896 Summer Olympics, the first modern Olympic Games, are held in Athens.
  • Queen Victoria surpasses her grandfather King George III as the longest-reigning monarch in British history.
  • Gottlieb Daimler builds the world's first gasoline truck.
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald is born.

And a young man called Walter James Hunt loaded his first heifer onto his cart and took it to market, starting a family business which continues today!

We would like to take this opportinuty to thank all our customers and suppliers, and particularly our staff, who make our business what it is.  We look forward to the next 120 years, upholding the family values and commitment to service which have seen us this far. 

And if you'd like to read more about how we got here, check out our history of haulage.