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Brown, Hughes and Strachan

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March 1911.
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July 1911. 'Park Royal' model.
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of Shepherd's Bush, London (1903)

of Park Royal, London

By 1901 Walter Ernest Brown was in business as a coach builder.

1903 Messrs Brown and Hughes, van builders of Shepherd's Bush, built the bodies for motor buses constructed by Milnes-Daimler for Eastbourne Corporation[1]

1908 James Marshall Strachan joined the company. He became managing director and moved the company more towards engineering.

At the 1911 London Motor Show a one-off design, mid-engined and forward-control with the driver ahead of the engine was displayed by Brown, Hughes and Strachan.

1911 The Aberdonia was an English car manufactured in Park Royal, London from 1911 to 1915 by the coach builders Brown, Hughes and Strachan. The engine was a 3,160 cc, 4 cylinder, 20 hp (15 kW) unit, it cost £500 with seven-seated touring coachwork, or £700 with "special landau body".

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices see the 1917 Red Book

1914 Brown, Hughes and Strachan built a prototype stretcher carrier, mounted on a chassis from Aberdonia, modified to carry the L.X.R. fittings of Simonis and Co.

1915 Serious fire at premises. '...The property attacked was the great range of workshops, offices, and stores of Messrs. Brown, Hughes, and Strachan (Limited), one of the largest firms of motor-body builders in the kingdom, and who are carrying out very big contracts for the war departments. Their workshops at Park Royal cover an area of something like three acres, and it was the very centre of this mass combustible property that a fierce fire broke out, at four o’clock in the morning, and spread right and left, in the words an eye witness, with the speed of galloping horse.” ...'[2]

Became Strachan and Brown


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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1903/09/18
  2. Monmouthshire Beacon - Friday 18 June 1915