Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 139,004 pages of information and 225,313 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.
William Gilbert James (1865-1956) M.I.A.E, of W. G. James Ltd
1865 August 12th. Born at Maldon the son of William James, Railway Station Master, and his wife Mary Ann Gilbert
1888 Founded firm of Thomson and James
1891 Married in London Colney to Bertha Louisa Sansom
Successful in cycle races on road and path 1882/1903
1898 Sold interest in Thomson and James
1899 Man. Dir. Crypto Works Co. to 1904
1904 'JAMES, William Gilbert, 29, Clerkenwell Road, London, E.C.; Caldecott Hill, Bushey Heath, Herts. Is managing-director of the Crypto Works Co., Ltd., which was established in 1872. Car: Crypto tri-car. Commenced motoring in 1900. Has driven 8,000 miles. Hobby: Cycling. Was at one time a successful cycle-racer, contemporary with Mr. S. F. Edge. Is a strong believer in the lighter type of motor-vehicle, and in the courteous consideration of other users of the road. Clubs: Bath Road, Herts Automobile (Committee).' 
1904 Re-commenced business as Crypto Car and Cycle Co. of 14 Mortimer Street, London, principally making valves for i.c. engines; present business exclusively devoted to valve production.
1934 continued as Man. Dir. of W. G. James, Ltd.
Alive in 1953
1958 A William G James, age 93, died in Northampton