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Thompson Brothers (Bilston)

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May 1896.
November 1919
January 1920.
October 1923. Models, prices and specifications.
1936. Ref AA below
July 1938.
1943 April.
April 1951.
September 1954.
1956. Aircraft Refueller. Exhibit at the National Museum of Flight.
January 1957.

Thompson Brothers of Bradley Engineering Works, Bilston, Birmingham.

1810 Company founded.[1].

1882 Purchased by Enoch Stephen Thompson[2].

1896/7 Directory: Listed as makers of steam boilers

1896/7 Directory: Advertiser. More detail

1896/7 Directory: Listed as makers of iron boats.

1906 Incorporated as a private company[3].

1920-24 Made the 8/10 T.B. Runabout car. Around 750 produced.[4]

1925 They opened a London office at Aldwych House, Aldwych, London, W.C.2.[5]

1937 Converted into a public company on 24 May [6]. The business had been under the management of Enoch Thompson and his sons, Frederick Stephen Thompson and Howard James Thompson (who were the current managing directors), for 55 years. The managing directors were said to be the 3rd generation in the business [7]. Business of engineering and steel plate fabrication. Very extensive business in steel tanks for road transport, stainless steel tanks and aircraft refuelling equipment. 67 acres of land at the works.

1937 Manufacturers of metal components, exhaust manifolds and petrol filling equipment.

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

1959 John Thompson had taken over Thompson Brothers (Bilston) in the past year, a business in similar line (This specific company seems to have been set up by brothers of one of the early Thompsons in the John Thompson line; the directors of the two companies were, during the first half the 20th century, cousins). Thompson Brothers (Bilston) had previously absorbed Darham Industries (London) Ltd[8].

1961 General engineers, manufacturing aircraft refuelling, pumping and measuring equipment, chemical plant, galvanising plant, heavy plate pressings, stainless steel tanks and road and rail transport tanks for all liquids. 680 employees. [9]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 29 November 1937
  2. The Times, 29 November 1937
  3. The Times, 29 November 1937
  4. * A-Z of Cars of the 1920s by Nick Baldwin. 1994. ISBN 1 870979 53 2
  5. The Engineer 1925/02/20
  6. The Times, 29 November 1937
  7. The Times, 29 November 1937
  8. The Times, 22 July 1959
  9. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE