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George Wailes and Co

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August 1899.
June 1909. S.U. Carburetters.
July 1910.
July 1910.

George Wailes and Co of 258 Euston Road, London NW

1876 formerly Wailes and Robinson, after which date the firm was in the sole charge of Mr George Wailes

c.1886 Made four examples of Herbert Akroyd Stuart's first successful oil engine.

1894 Built Groombridge's Slow-Speed Direct Acting Fan running at 320 RPM[1]

1906 Dissolution of Partnership between George Wailes and Reginald Percy Wailes, carrying on business as Mechanical Engineers, at 258, Euston-road,London, N.W., under the style or firm of "GEORGE WAILES AND CO." Reginald Percy Wailes will carry on the said business under the style of "George Wailes and Co."[2]

Reginald Percy Wailes bought what plant and equipment he could at the sale of the business after his father's death, and set up on his own account in some hired premises, with a few members of the staff of the old firm. Later on, he built his company's works at 382-388 Euston Road and continued in the production of special purpose machines and prototypes.[3]

of 386-8 Euston Road, London (see 1909 advert)

G. Wailes and Co made the automotive S. U. carburettor designed by Thomas Carlyle Skinner and his elder brother George Herbert Skinner. Thomas became a partner in the company [4].

1909 Maker of the S.U. carburetter (see advert)

1911 March. Details of the S.U. carburetter.[5]

1912 The Skinners established S. U. Co to make the carburettors; Thomas resigned as partner of Wailes.

1913 S.U. continued to use the Euston Road address for a short time (see advert)

1922 The company was still in business in Euston Road

1958 Still in business at 382-8 Euston Road

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1894/05/04
  2. London Gazette 27 November 1906
  3. Obituary of Reginald Percy Wailes
  4. The Times, 15 November 1958
  5. The Autocar 1911/03/11