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Godiva Engineering Co

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1890 Founded by George Bates and Walter Payne. Later joined in the business by his brothers George Payne, Frederick Payne and Matthew Payne. Also see Payne and Bates

1893 An oil engine was introduced

1896 Claimed 400 gas engines had been built

1897 George Bates (his wife's uncle) joined the company

1898 July. Legal action. Godiva Engineering Co v. Reed.[1]

1898 Started production of motor vehicles

1901 Sale of a nearly-new 7-hp oil engine made by the Godiva Engineering Co[2]

1902 The company was wound up after George Bates died

1932 The company meeting at De Montford Road, Reading, put the company into liquidation[3]

Walter Payne continued producing petrol and gas engines until 1934

The later company

1956 Centreless grinding capacity advertised by Godiva Engineering Co, of All Saints Lane, Coventry[4]

1961 Specialised in mass production of small components using automatic machinery. Acquired by Keelavite Hydraulics, of Coventry[5]

1975 Company name removed from the register[6]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Morning Post - Friday 08 July 1898
  2. Reading Mercury - Saturday 09 March 1901
  3. London Gazette Issue 5 April 1932
  4. The Times, Apr 27, 1956
  5. The Times, Oct 27, 1961
  6. London Gazette Issue, 16 May 1975