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Classic Company Vehicles

1935 Morris 8

A 1935 Morris 8.5 cwt van of the type which Durtnell used to run immediately before and during the war years is now a proud member of the Durtnell fleet.
The veteran vehicle was acquired in 2001 from a private collector and has been thoroughly overhauled and painted in the company livery of the time, using old photographs from the company archives for authenticity.
The Morris is now a regular entrant at classic car rallies and events and completed the London to Brighton run in 2003, 2004 and 2005 – average speed in the region of 25 m.p.h!

1944 Austin K4

Bought in 2004 by the late Richard Durtnell, this Austin K4 was one of a batch of 50 vehicles built for the fire service during World War Two. No more than 50 were built due to the factory being bombed. Each unit was built on a 60ft hand operated Merryweather turntable ladder and originally finished in wartime grey livery.

Geoff Edwards, who still works for Durtnell’s is the current ‘custodian’ of the Austin and is often behind the wheel at events and road runs during the summer. He has been with the company since 1960 and spent some time in the maintenance workshops working on the Bedfords and Austins which the company used to run. The lorries were well maintained and all carried the firms branding on them. Once the Austin K4 was bought, both Geoff and Richard decided work needed to be done on it, so mechanical work was carried out in house with the body and cab work completed externally. The lorry was finished in 2005 and made appearances at events all over Kent and Sussex and completed the HCVS London to Brighton Run in May 2006.


durtnell car1

Classic Company Vehicles

1935 Morris 8

A 1935 Morris 8.5 cwt van of the type which Durtnell used to run immediately before and during the war years is now a proud member of the Durtnell fleet.
The veteran vehicle was acquired in 2001 from a private collector and has been thoroughly overhauled and painted in the company livery of the time, using old photographs from the company archives for authenticity.
The Morris is now a regular entrant at classic car rallies and events and completed the London to Brighton run in 2003, 2004 and 2005 – average speed in the region of 25 m.p.h!

1944 Austin K4

Bought in 2004 by the late Richard Durtnell, this Austin K4 was one of a batch of 50 vehicles built for the fire service during World War Two. No more than 50 were built due to the factory being bombed. Each unit was built on a 60ft hand operated Merryweather turntable ladder and originally finished in wartime grey livery.

Geoff Edwards, who still works for Durtnell’s is the current ‘custodian’ of the Austin and is often behind the wheel at events and road runs during the summer. He has been with the company since 1960 and spent some time in the maintenance workshops working on the Bedfords and Austins which the company used to run. The lorries were well maintained and all carried the firms branding on them. Once the Austin K4 was bought, both Geoff and Richard decided work needed to be done on it, so mechanical work was carried out in house with the body and cab work completed externally. The lorry was finished in 2005 and made appearances at events all over Kent and Sussex and completed the HCVS London to Brighton Run in May 2006.

The Tercenetarians Club

R Durtnell & Sons Ltd is a founding member of Britain's most exclusive business club - The Tercentenarians.

Membership is only open to those businesses that have been trading continuously for 300 years or more and retain links with their founding family.

These companies meet every year for an annual lunch to celebrate their success.

The club was founded in 1970 by Geoffrey Durtnell and Richard Early (Early’s of Witney, blankets & bedding, founded 1669).
There are currently nine UK members and six foreign associates.

Other club Members

  • Whitechapel Bell Foundry, founded 1420
  • John Brooke and Sons Holdings Ltd, founded 1541 (originally weavers and now property managers)
  • Earlys of Witney Bedding, founded 1669
  • C Hoare & Co, founded 1672 (the UK’s oldest bank)
  • James Lock and Co Limited, founded 1676 (hatters of St James)
  • Toye, Kening & Spencer Plc, founded 1685 (uniform and regalia specialists)
  •  Folkes Group Plc, founded 1697 (metal forgers and engineers)
  • Berry Bros & Rudd, founded 1698 (wine merchants)
  •  Shepheard Neame, founded 1698 (brewery)
  • Fortnum & Mason, founded 1707 (gourmet hampers)
  • GC Fox and Co Limited, founded 1762 (ship agents)

The Tercenetarians Club

R Durtnell & Sons Ltd is a founding member of Britain's most exclusive business club - The Tercentenarians.

Membership is only open to those businesses that have been trading continuously for 300 years or more and retain links with their founding family.

These companies meet every year for an annual lunch to celebrate their success.

The club was founded in 1970 by Geoffrey Durtnell and Richard Early (Early’s of Witney, blankets & bedding, founded 1669).
There are currently nine UK members and six foreign associates.

Other club Members

  • Whitechapel Bell Foundry, founded 1420
  • John Brooke and Sons Holdings Ltd, founded 1541 (originally weavers and now property managers)
  • Earlys of Witney Bedding, founded 1669
  • C Hoare & Co, founded 1672 (the UK’s oldest bank)
  • James Lock and Co Limited, founded 1676 (hatters of St James)
  • Toye, Kening & Spencer Plc, founded 1685 (uniform and regalia specialists)
  •  Folkes Group Plc, founded 1697 (metal forgers and engineers)
  • Berry Bros & Rudd, founded 1698 (wine merchants)
  •  Shepheard Neame, founded 1698 (brewery)
  • Fortnum & Mason, founded 1707 (gourmet hampers)
  • GC Fox and Co Limited, founded 1762 (ship agents)

Head Office, R Durtnell & Sons Limited, Rectory Lane, Brasted, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1JR

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