Welcome to Through the Lens with DCRH 

This is me going to great heights just to get the right picture!  Thank you Malcolm for the lift up!!


My name is David Hargrave and I started taking a few photographs after my Parents died and following an unplanned meeting with a Gentleman of Steam, Mr Nick Barker, who was returning across Salisbury Plain following a trip to The  Great Dorset Steam Fair, my trusted camera has never been far from my side, much to the dismay of some!


Having now spent endless time on the road and at events with Nick Barker and the team, I now have many engine owners, crew and event organisers who are considered Colleagues.


Although I do not have an engine, I do have very many that I can spend time with and photograph the expeditions they undertake.  I cannot begin to list everyone who has been so very helpful and allowed me to spend time with them, their crews and engines.


Steam fairs are considered a social event, plus you bring along your engine but I must admit to be out on the road with these people day and night travelling to the events is something else.  It is a wonderful world, most people are very friendly and enjoy letting their hair down and having a laugh.


My Father Peter James Jellicoe Hargrave lived in Milston, although he was born in Amesbury.  Son of Francis Frederick Hargrave (Dairyman) and Florence Ivory Hargrave - 14th September 1919.


Named Jellicoe, after the famous First World War Admiral, John Jellicoe, 

Peter attended school in Durrington and was able to achieve a high standard of education, qualifying for Grammer School but failing an interview, which was common in those days.  Peter became a Scout and progressed to Rover Scout.  At fourteen years of age he started work as a Farm Labourer for A E Parsons at Milston Farm.


The early years were hard, no electricity or sanitation.  Water was hand pumped from the well in the garden.  The nearest shops were in Durrington, although only a mile or so away, it was a renowned and treacherous journey via two very narrow and not made up water paths and narrow bridges.  During winter months it was common to be cut off from other towns and villages due to floods and deep snow.


Peter met his wife Elizabeth Maude, who lived in Amesbury.  They were married at St Melor Church, Amesbury on 30th January 1941.  Peter and Maude went on to have three children, Robert, Marjorie and myself David.   They lived until 1953 in the thatched cottage, opposite the dairy, next to Peter's Mother & Father.  Peter, Maude and the children moved to a new council house in Durrington.  During this time, Maude returned to work in Amesbury and worked for Dr Neighbour, at what is now Camelot House and later, for the Waters Family at East End Manor in Durrington.  Maude was also an active member of the Young Wives in Durrington and later the Over Sixties.


All through their life together, Maude and Peter could be seen at band concerts and watching military bands and football matches on the television.  In latter years, the television would be on and they would sit for hours watching the football or listening to bands.


When Peter retired from the farm, he took up a few small gardening jobs in the village, as he was a keen gardener and loved his flower plants.  Peter also took up photography and had a vast collection of old farm machinery photographs in addition to, village photographs of old and new Durrington and the surrounding area. 


Peter was well known in the village for his photographs of the area and Peter and Maude were custodians of the village and local area, walking all hours with Golden Labrador, Major and later with Golden Retriever Tim.  Three times a day, most days, Maude would be seen out with Peter and Tim, heading off around the village or out across the downland.  Tim being such a character, they could never be separated, he had to go everywhere.  Tim had a way of wanting to stop and meet people and talk to everyone, so the walks became quite an expedition!


Peter spent many years caring for Maude, as she was diagnosed with dementia.  Peter was not able to complete his task of capturing and showing all his collection of photographs.  Therefore, I will be adding a lot of my Father's photographs to this site, to share with everyone.


Peter and Maude are pictured below on their Golden Wedding Anniversary, together of course, with their dog Tim!

Peter, Maude & Tim

If you have any queries or wish to purchase a photograph, please contact me:


+44 7831237759



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  • Eleanor firmstone (Thursday, January 23 20 09:20 am GMT)

    Hi, do you have any information on the steam roller ru7342. We now own the roller and wondered what year this was taken.
    Thanks Eleanor

  • Sarah Mitchell (Wednesday, September 11 19 10:31 pm BST)

    Hi there is a wonderful picture you took of a dear friend of mine on his journey to the gdsf this year. It is in the western daily press dated 22/08/19 Carl Brown roading the Marshall to gdsf. I cannot locate this picture on any website to purchase and was hoping i could purchase through yourself many thanks Sarah

  • John Baines (Friday, April 05 19 03:45 pm BST)

    Have you any photogaphs of James & Crockerills yard in Durrington? Their MD Peter Barber owned the Burrell Scenic Road loco 'Prince of Wales@ and other engines including Burrell roller 'Daffodil'

  • Zoe Read (Saturday, March 02 19 07:08 pm GMT)

    I see you already have dates for this one but I wondered if you would consider adding Purbeck Rally to your event list?
    9th -11th August
    worgret road, wareham, dorset, BH20 6AB
    Raising funds for Forest Holme Hospice Charity & other local causes.

  • Andrew Gray (Wednesday, February 20 19 07:55 pm GMT)

    Is that Mr Dimmer and the train made at Durrington Sec Modern, I started there 1963 and left 1968. Mr Dimmer (Regg) was such a great teacher. Wonderful set of images to treasure. p.s we met today at the Boscombe Down Tornado fly past.

  • Jamie (Saturday, September 01 18 01:39 am BST)


    I am Jamie. One of the coalomen from last weeks steam fair. I know you mentioned taking lots of photos of us and it would be lovely to see them. Please get back to me when you can with prices ect i will most certainly purchase a few! In the meantime i will admire wgat you have on your page here already, hope you enjoyed the show! Speak soon


  • Don Russell (Friday, August 17 18 08:51 am BST)

    Hullo, found your site when looking for GDSF info. I was wondering if you had any information regarding engines travelling to the GDSF. I read engines will be raising money for cancer on there journey but I cannot find any info regarding route and timings.Thanks

  • Brian Moore (Saturday, August 04 18 12:40 pm BST)

    Thanks David: Brian

  • Peter Freeman (Thursday, May 10 18 09:56 pm BST)

    Fantastic site, easy to read and great pics! Keep up the good work.

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