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National Aero Engine Factories

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Established by the Ministry of Munitions:

  • Hayes

Original function: the "Goss" printing works.

Management: Mitchell and Shaw and Co. Ltd. until October 1917, then the Ministry of Munitions.

Products: aero-engines.


  • Ladbroke Grove

In 1917 there was increased demand for Rolls Royce aero-engine repairs so the [[Clement Talbot]] Ltd works at Ladbroke Grove was assigned this work. Friction over repairing a rival firm’s product led to the nationalisation of the plant in January 1918, after which repair of Rolls Royce aero-engines was carried out and spares for Talbot motor cars were produced. The factory employed 1,994 people in November 1918, of whom 18.6% were women.[1]

Opened: 1 January 1918.

Management: Clement Talbot Ltd.

Products: 608-off Rolls Royce aero-engines repaired, and production of engine spares.


  • Edmonton

1918 GCF 4 was transferred to the Air Board for aero-engine repair work.

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Sources of Information

  1. First World War National Factories; English Heritage
  • Ministry of Munitions [1]