Robert & Leslie Orth - Orth's Garage (R.L. Orth & Sons Limited Motor Engineers)
The following year on Tuesday 2nd March 1926 their first son Leslie was born. Their second son Robert was born on Thursday 19th February 1931. In May 1927 Reg purchased some land in New Street Maldon adjacent to the Maldon cattle and livestock market, a smallholding and allotments, what is known today as the Whitehorse car park where the remains of the business are located. The Whitehorse car park being built in 1964. When the workshop and “Silsoe” (Fairfield Chase) the family home was completed Reg diversified into general engineering of and the repair of Petrol vehicles. As can be seen from family photographs both boys were helping out around the garage as soon as they could walk. Reg had a love of anything operated by steam and built an outside model railway in their garden for the boys and their friends this continued until the late 1949.
A year later he was asked whether he would build and
operate a steam locomotive in the valley of the promenade Maldon which he
maintained and operated with the boys from 1954 until 1976.In June 1940 Les
left school and went straight to work for his father until he was called up in
1944 and joined the RAF. Bob left school in May 1945 and again went to work for
the family business until he was called up for RAF national service in April
1949. After the boys stint in the armed forces they returned to Maldon to help
their father run the business. In 1952
they won a contract with the local
authority for the delivery of school meals these were prepared at Heybridge
School (Wave Bridge) and were delivered to Tollesbury, Totham and
Goldhanger until 1961.
After the boys stint in the armed forces they returned to Maldon to help their father run the business. In 1952 they won a contract with the local authority for the delivery of school meals these were prepared at Heybridge School (Wave Bridge) and were delivered to Tollesbury, Totham and Goldhanger until 1961.
In 1955 Reg came across a Garrett Steam engine abandoned in a field in Lincoln this he transported back to Maldon where he and his two sons renovated and nursed her back to show room condition and was completed in 1959 and christened Crimson Lady. Most Maldonians of a certain age will remember her leading every carnival and Bob would have her running every Christmas Eve. Sadly because of Bob’s old age he sold Crimson Lady in 1991.
Reg passed away on Wednesday 2nd October 1974 aged 75, Les on Wednesday 11th December 1996 aged 70 and Bob on Sunday 12th December 2004 aged 73.
The garage was demolished between Tuesday 29th July and Friday 1st August 2014.