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Midland Red
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1 of 8  Fri 12th Mar 2010 2:50pm  
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Can SKS help, please The HPL building on the old Birmingham Road at Allesley/Windmill Hill - next to what was The Sportsmans - was that ever part of The Standard Motor Co? Midland Red
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2 of 8  Thu 18th Mar 2010 3:49pm  
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Although no-one responded on this forum, for anyone who may be the least bit interested, this is the response I received from The Standard Motor Club forum : ". . research shows that this building was operated by Standard after the war, but no vehicles were assembled there. It was the home of the Service Department managed by Jack Male. The Workshops had about 50 bays and took in cars for Service and warranty issues - and an area of the shop was used by Ken Richardson's team for preparing Rally Cars. At the front of the building were Management Offices on the Ground floor and there was a canteen on the first floor." Cliff
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3 of 8  Thu 18th Mar 2010 6:53pm  
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I would love to know the origins of the factory? I've seen references to it being a wartime shadow factory but no documentary evidence to support that, only the ones in Banner Lane and Browns Lane. There is a reference to Triumph Engineering Ltd transferring production to a factory "in Allesley" in 1942 but its exact location is not revealed. This is entirely off the top of my head but could it possibly have been a decoy building to distract German bombers and not used until some time after it was first built?
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4 of 8  Wed 9th Nov 2011 7:08pm  
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Hi It was definitely the Standard in the late 50s / 60s, and I was at school with Jack Male's son. Before the Standard owned it, it was firstly Peerless Ericsson and Co, and was nicely illuminated at night; then for a short time by Massey Ferguson as a service department, after which Standard bought it. In the 70s it was Jaguar-Rover Triumph Service. I thought it must have been Peerless Ericsson before the war, but Grace's Guide says: Peerless and Ericsson of The Hyde, London * 1928 Private company formed as C. O. Ericsson Engineering Works. * 1946 Public company formed and name changed to Peerless & Ericsson. * 1960 Name changed to Kenwood Manufacturing Co. * 1961 Manufacturers of food preparing machinery for bakery, confectionery, catering and allied trades. 460 employees. [1] I recollect that it was making stuff for war production during WWII, electrical switchgear for example. This is useful, too, on eBay: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1953-Peerless-And-Ericsson-Ransomes-Forklift-Trucks-Ad-/230652848611 so it looks as though they were making food mixers and similar things early after the war. Whilst the address is London, the factory was definitely on the A45!
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5 of 8  Wed 9th Nov 2011 7:50pm  
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Hi Midland Red Some more information for you: From Warwick Uni website: Level Item Title "Allesley Factory January 1952 to Dec 1954" Date 1951 Dec - 1954 Dec Reference Code MSS.226/ST/3/A/PR/14 Description Purchase of factory of Peerless Ericsson Ltd. at Birmingham Road, Meriden [apparently previously No.4 Factory of Arthur Pattison Ltd., Premier Works, Coventry], to be used by SMC as service depot; rating revision; agreements re 'phone, etc., installations. Main correspondents : Robinson, Osborne Moules, valuers, Band Hatton Co., solicitors. File incl. site plan in relation to sports ground leased by vendors from Mr Warden. (B 18.e.4) [The depot is now (1989) the base of MGA Developments, automotive designers]. This is the link. It looks as though it was used by Harry Ferguson Ltd as a service facility, not Massey-Ferguson. Peerless Ericsson's main factory was at King's Norton, Brum, where they made parts for Bofors guns during the war.
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6 of 8  Wed 9th Nov 2011 8:02pm  
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Cheers! Much appreciated Thumbs up
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7 of 8  Sun 12th Feb 2017 1:03pm  
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My photo from 2010
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8 of 8  Sun 12th Feb 2017 2:02pm  
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There is a propeller logo on the floor inside as seen on Flickr
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