|Mumfords Limited rear window sticker|
Some historyMumfords had a long and varied history. Starting out in Plymouth in 1900 as William Mumford Limited the firm grew in size and spread to other towns. Established a motor and carriage building business. Turnover in the first year was reported as £500 and within 4 years it had expanded to £2500. I have already written about the Motor Macs (Exeter) Limited business that was taken over.
The 28th November to 2nd December 1960 saw a week long Show and Service Week promotion by the firm at their Abbey Garage premises assisted by staff from Standard Triumph HQ.
|Summer 1960 window display - Mumfords|
Wet and fine car
|Mumford Ltd, Plymouth window display 1966|
Mumford Marina Convertible
|Morris Marina convertible by Mumfords|
Mumfords other garagesNot all the branches of the Mumfords empire dealt in Standard Triumph products. However as a matter of interest I will list them in this section information I have come across in my collection.
From Service in Europe 08/74:
Mumfords of Truro (W Mumford Ltd), Newquay Road - Austin, Morris and MG.
Mumfords of Newton Abbot (W Mumford Ltd), 48-56 Wolborough Street - Morris I think this business later became a branch of Wadham Stringer.
I believe Mumfords of Newton Abbot was established following the take over of A C Bulpin & Son Ltd who had been a Standard Triumph garage in 1955. I am not sure of the date of the take over.
Mumfords as a Triumph car dealer
|Mumfords - Truro|
In March 1972 and March 1974 Mumfords (Exeter) Limited, Paris Street are listed as distributor for Triumph.
In May 1975 Mumfords (Exeter) Limited, Paris Street are listed as distributor for Triumph, Rover and LandRover products with Mumfords of Tiverton Ltd, Blundells Road, EX16 4BZ as a dealer of the same range.
Plea for more informationIf you have any more information or recollections about any of the Mumfords businesses including Mumfords (Exeter) Limited please get in touch. I would like to see any photos you may have. I can be contacted via the comments to this post or on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/stephen.weblin
Further information and sourcesLink to my earlier article about Motor Macs and Lock Bros dealers based in Exeter
Link to the other articles in this series.
Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr gallery of images I have found on Flickr.
I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html
Picture credits: Mumfords Limited rear window sticker - John on flickr; Morris Marina convertible by Mumfords - Crayford Convertible Car Club website; Mumfords of Plymouth - Western Morning News advert found on pinterest; .Summer 1960 window display Mumfords + Mumford Ltd, Plymouth window display 1966 - Standard Triumph Review; Mumfords - Truro - rustdreamer on flickr..