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Brecknell, Willis and Co

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May 1930.

of Bristol and Chard, designer, manufacturer, supplier, installer and provided of maintenance for railway electrification systems.

1928 Brecknell, Willis and Co was formed to take over the electrical engineering activities of Brecknell, Munro and Rogers and continued the tradition of being one of the pioneers of electric traction. Arnold Morley Willis was appointed chairman of the new company.

Associated with the construction of electric tramway and trolleybus systems in all parts of the world.

Manufactured many improved forms of industrial electrical appliances.

1938 The company started operating in Chard, Somerset.

1947 Acquired by Anti-Attrition Metal Co.

1957 A large majority of the shares in Anti-Attrition were acquired by Beyer, Peacock and Co including the subsidiary Brecknell, Willis[1]

1966 Chard continued to be profitable.[2].

1967 Beyer Peacock had returned to profit; activities continued at Chard and Leiston[3]

1976 Beyer Peacock and Co, Ltd, Chard was allowed to declare a dividend[4]

Presumably at some point the Beyer Peacock name was given up and the company reverted to the original name.

1996 Formation of Brecknell, Willis Composites

2014 Brecknell, Willis was acquired by Wabtec

2015 Brecknell Willis moved into a new purpose built factory which incorporated the most advanced manufacturing facilities.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times May 21, 1958
  2. The Times June 29, 1966
  3. The Times June 16, 1967
  4. The Belfast Gazette 27 August 1976