Pye’s Timber Yard

Article in the Newsletter of March 1995
Our cover picture is a wartime photograph of one of the two massive “Unipower” units owned by Bob Pye for hauling timber all over the country. Some 20 men were employed at this time by R and R S Pye which was established in the late 19th century. Joe Meekings began 38 years service with the firm in 1936. Robert Pye lived in Mitford House on Ashfield Road and the driveway which separated him from Bank House next door led to Pye’s Meadow and orchard. He was tragically killed at the age of 78 when attempting to manoeuvre his car outside what is now the Mace shop and was crushed by a road tanker.