By Laurie Stonehouse

The following picture was taken sometime in the 1930's and shows the pick and shovel gang.  This group of men dug out and constructed the winding road that leads up to the Fort.  The foreman is standing with a newspaper in his pocket, and Thomas Ince is in the bottom left of the photograph. The story surrounding this event is that once the road was finished, none of the men were paid for all their hard work, apparently the person in charge of the construction vanished with all the money.

Photo:Pick and Shovel gang - c1935

Pick and Shovel gang - c1935

Betty Lynch

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'PICK & SHOVEL GANG' page
This page was added by Laurie Stonehouse on 02/03/2012.
Comments about this page

The large circular rivetted metal drum behind them looks like one of the two WW2 oil storage tanks which were situated in the chalk quarry and if so it would date the photo as late 1930's / early 1940's

By R
On 04/03/2012

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