WW1 Great War Centenary - Manufacturing in Wolverhampton

( Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 ... )
Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved]   Text © Copyright May 2016, John M; licensed for re-use under a Creative Commons Licence.
Images also under a similar Creative Commons Licence.
geotagged! Links for SO9197 


Contents

Sunbeam Motor Company


The Sunbeam Motor Company in Blakenhall was a car company and had started production of their own Louis Coatelen designed aero engines in 1912. Initial war production included staff cars and ambulances.

In May 1915 the factory commenced construction of seaplanes designed by Shorts, followed by further orders for bombers and training aircraft. The factory delivered 647 aircraft during the war with new buildings built to provide additional floor space.

From 1916 the company production concentrated on aircraft engines. Ambulance production was transferred to Rover under licence. Of the 3200 employees 100 were female.

The company merged with Automobiles Darracq in 1920 and was notable for chasing World Land Speed Records. Following receivership in 1934 it passed into control of the Rootes Group.

SO9197 : Moorfields Works - Offices by John M
The Office Building was built in the 1906-1914 expansion of the Sunbeam Motor Company factory.

From 1936 this was German owned Fischer Bearings, later confiscated and sold on to US Timken company in 1940. At one stage ownership passed to Fafnir Bearings, British Timken and finally Timken Aerospace. In its day it was one of the town's major employers but closure was announced with redundancy for the last 84 staff by end of 2015. At the start of WW2 this was the principal supplier of roller bearings to the aircraft industry.
by John M


SO9197 : Moorfields Works - Repair Department by John M
The Repair Department was built in the 1915-1918 Great War expansion of the Sunbeam Motor Company factory.
by John M


SO9197 : Moorfields Works - Trimming Shop by John M
The Trimming Shop was built in the 1915-1918 Great War expansion of the Sunbeam Motor Company factory.

The building was erected for the assembly of seaplanes using designs by Shorts and other manufacturers. The factory produced a range of engines designed by Louis Coatelen. During the war the factory delivered over 600 aircraft.
by John M


SO9197 : Moorfields Works - Paint Shop by John M
The Paint Shop was built in the 1906-1914 expansion of the Sunbeam Motor Company factory.
by John M


SO9197 : Former Sunbeam Works by John M
Sunbeam was one of the major car producers during the early years of the twentieth century. The first cars were produced nearby at an old coach house on Upper Villiers Street. The company merged with a French firm to form Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq Motors in the 1920s. Problems in the 1930s led to a takeover by Rootes and production moved to Coventry. The premises were later used by Fischer Bearings.
by John M


SO9197 : Moorfields Works - Experimental Department by John M
The Experimental Department was built in the 1915-1918 Great War expansion of the Sunbeam Motor Company factory.

Post War the World Speed Record cars were built in this building.
by John M


KML
geotagged! Further links for SO9197

( Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 ... )