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Accles and Shelvoke

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of Talford Street Works, Aston, Birmingham 6, world leader in humane animal killing. Telephone: Aston Cross 8277. Telegraphic Address "Acvoke, Birmingham" - "Cash". (1937)

1896 C. Shelvoke and Co, Talford Street, made shoe rivets, pins and cistern handles; George Shelvoke was a stamper and piercer and makers of weavers's meshes at Talford Street; James Shelvoke made cycle chains at Alma Street [1].

1898 George Shelvoke retired from the business and let the Talford Street Works to another company[2].

1903 The firm Bennett's Successors Ltd., was formed on 1 October 1903 by J. G. Accles and 6 other persons, and was funded by 6000 individuals each owning a single 10 shilling share[3].

1913 J. G. Accles recommenced manufacturing in Aston in conjunction with G. E. Shelvoke[4].

1914 Bennett's Successors Ltd were listed as mechanical engineers; occupied Talford Street Works[5]

1914 At an Extraordinary General Meeting on 14 January, at the company's registered office at the Talford Street Works, Aston, Birmingham, the company name was changed to Accles and Shelvoke Ltd.

Accles and Shelvoke Ltd was formed to manufacture a captive bolt pistol as a humane method of killing animals. The “CASH” pistol was first manufactured by Accles and Shelvoke Ltd around 1913. The idea for such a humane method of killing animals had been conceived by Mr Christopher Cash (of J. and J. Cash) having seen the crude slaughtering instruments in use in 1910. He discussed his idea with Mr J. G. Accles, well-known in England as an authority on guns and explosive weapons of different kinds. After several years of experimenting, a weapon for stunning animals was developed and it was named after Mr Cash[6].

Manufacture of the CASH pistol was interrupted by the First World War.

In 1922-23 Electrical Power Engineering Co (Birmingham) Ltd. took over Accles and Shelvoke Ltd[7]

1937 Manufacturers of aircraft components. [8]

1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Captive-Bolt Pistols for mechanical slaughter of animals. Quick-grip Manufacturing Machine Vices. Aviation and Marine Flare-signal Pistols. Cable Spiking Gun. Boat-hook Knife. "Collington" Rabbit-net Device. Repetition Machining for aircraft, etc. (Stand Nos. A.419 and A.314) [9]

WWII: Accles and Shelvoke carried out considerable work for the aircraft industry, and also a small amount of work for the naval industry, in addition to making the humane slaughtering equipment.

1952 Developed the Acvoke Cable Spiker in cooperation with the Central Electricity Generating Board.

1961 Accles and Shelvoke Ltd was taken over by the Wolseley Hughes Group.

1965 Precision engineers and makers of humane killing equipment[10].

1980 Management buyout from Wolseley Hughes Group.

1987 Acquisition of the Temple Cox Co maker of the Cox bolt driver.

1993 Eley Limited, a subsidiary of IMI plc, acquired Accles and Shelvoke which still resided at the above address.

2008 The Company is now the world's leading manufacturer of this type of product and exports to more than 60 countries. Within the Company's portfolio is a range of consumable products for the meat industry, and the recently launched Cash Electrical Stunner. Accles and Shelvoke also manufacture a range of cartridge-operated tools for other industries, such as the Electricity Industry; Marine Salvage and Repair; and Law Enforcement (including the Warrior air pistol). They also developed an underwater gun for divers.

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Sources of Information

  1. Peck's Trades Directory of Birmingham, 1896-97
  2. Shelvoke ONS [1]
  3. Shelvoke ONS [2]
  4. Accles and Shelvoke [3]
  5. Bennett's Business Directory for Warwickshire, 1914
  6. Accles and Shelvoke [4]
  7. Papers of the Electrical Power Engineering Co. (Birmingham) Ltd at [5]
  8. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  9. 1937 British Industries Fair Page 325
  10. The Times, 16 December 1965
  • Shelvoke One Name Study [6]