The ‘Chief’ chuffs to Chatsworth!

The Chief Steam Engine

An ancient ‘steam plough’ with links to the Devonshires was driven across the front of Chatsworth House last month.

The ‘Chief’, as the Victorian single-cylinder traction engine is known, has been lovingly restored by brothers Hal and Guy Debes. It dates from 1875 – and the 7th Duke of Devonshire, William Cavendish, had shares in the engine, made by Fowler of Leeds.

Hal and Guy, who own Portobello Engineering, took over the Newton & Sons boiler makers in 2011 and run the business in the adjacent High Peak Works…