Mendip Engineering and the Mendip Car – An Industrial Revolution in Chewton Mendip by Tom Randall is now available exclusively from Radstock Museum Shop.

This brand new book, which is priced at £12.95 (postage and packing is extra; see below), includes a CD of an interview with William Curtis one of the steam lorry drivers who worked for the company in 1908. This unique recording, which was made for the BBC in 1956, was never broadcast or made available until now.

During the first two decades of the C20th. Chewton Mendip was home to an engineering works which built steam lorries, petrol-engined commercial vehicles and charabancs, and ultimately a light two-seater, the Mendip car. The full story of Mendip Engineering has never before been told; from its modest beginnings to its strangely bizarre demise!

This book, by Tom Randall, has many photographs published for the first time and relates the stories of the people involved, some of whom went on to even greater things, including building Spitfires!

Tom Randall is a local amateur historian who has written regularly on a range of topics for Radstock Museum’s Five Arches History Journal and for other local historical publications. His interest in this subject was aroused on finding a picture postcard of a steam lorry said to have been built at Chewton Mendip, a concept which rather stretched the imagination until further research began to reveal the full story, one begging to be told!

Tom Randall is a Trustee of Radstock Museum and intends to donate all profits from the book to the Museum. In addition Tom is offering to write a dedication in your copy of the book for just £1.50.

The book is now available to buy directly over the counter at Radstock Museum or by Mail Order through the Museum Shop.

How to use Radstock Museum Mail Order.

Mendip Engineering and the Mendip Car: £12.95
Postage via Mail Order for this item is: 1 copy, £2.55; 2 copies, £3.40; 3 or 4 copies, £5.50.
To include a dedication from the author add £1.50.


Review from The Automobile magazine: December 2017.


Mendip Engineering and the Mendip Car