Sunday, June 04, 2017

Standard Triumph Review as a source - Triumph Car Dealers

Standard Triumph Review Archive DVDs cover
Standard Triumph Review Archive DVDs cover
Standard Triumph produced an in house magazine.  I have been glad of the scanned collection I bought from the TSSC which covers the period 1959 to 1968.  It has been a great source of information about Standard Triumph dealerships.

Recently I was checking on eBay to see if I could add to my collection.  I found these interesting covers.

Portsmouth Garages Limited
St Helier Garages
Russells of Chatham

More info requested

Can you help me by sharing any information you may have about Portsmouth Garages Limited, St Helier Garages or Russells of Chatham.

Friday, May 26, 2017

1920's Standard Owners Manual and Parts List

In my quest to find info about Standard Triumph dealers I came across these items on facebook. The last item appears to be a parts price produced by a Standard dealer in Wellington, New Zealand.

The Owner Driver's Guide to the 12-24 HP Standard 1925



Replacement Spare Parts price list for 11HP chassis series V3 Standard



Parts Price List by Reynolds of Wellington, New Zealand

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Spot Garage (Northfield) Limited - Triumph Car Dealers 23C

Spot Garage, Bristol Road South, Birmingham 1964
Spot Garage, 1163 Bristol Road South, Birmingham 1964
This article in my series about Triumph car dealers features Birmingham dealer Spot Garage. The company Spot Garage (Northfield) Limited started 17 August 1954, the photo above is dated 11 September 1964 and the company is no more having been dissolved.

For many years after the Spot Garage business stopped the site continued to be used for the sale of used cars. A hand car wash business started on the site opposite Hawkesley Mill Lane in April 2009.


The forecourt of the site was used for a time by JMA Auto's to sell used cars.  Another business called Northfield Garage, an independent Jaguar specialist, has been using workshop space on the site from at least 2009.

Site Now photo by Ray Prichard

As it looks today 18th May 2017 - with several car repairers and parts dealers all around the back in countless old workshops

As of May 1975 Spot Garage (Northfield) Limited were listed Rover and Triumph car dealers.

Plea for information

If you have any more information or recollections about this garage, photos of window stickers, dealer badges or sill plates etc please let me know.  I can be contacted via the comments to this post or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stephen.weblin

Further information and sources

Link to a post about All Electric Garage .

Link to my post about P J Evans Ltd

Link to post about Cranmore Bros Ltd

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to face book page: Triumph Car Dealers.

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:Both photos are from photobydjnorton.com and great source of photos of Birmingham; site Now photo by Ray Prichard .

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Arnold G Wilson Ltd of Leeds - Triumph Car Dealers 35

 This post is about Arnold G Wilson Ltd of Leeds.

The firm started in the early 1920's selling and repairing bicycles from premises on Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds.
Week long Show and Service Week promotions by the firm at their Regent Street, Leeds premises assisted by staff from Standard Triumph HQ were held 13th to 17th July 1964, 1st to 5th March 1965 and 16th to 20th December 1968.
Arnold G  Wilson dealer sticker on cover of Dolomite brochure
Arnold G  Wilson dealer sticker on cover of Dolomite brochure


Not just Triumphs

Arnold G Wilson Aston Martin advert 1973
This 1973 advert shows the Aston Martin Vantage as being available from Arnold G Wilson Ltd, Regent Street, Leeds.

The group sold Alvis, Morris, Rover and Wolseley from the Regent Street garage in the city centre. The Doncaster Road, Wakefield garage also sold a range of makes including Austin , Morris, Land Rover and Triumph.

Other branches

Arnold G Wilson - Harrogate Road May 1930
Arnold G Wilson - Harrogate Road May 1930
Arnold G Wilson operated from multiple sites. At various points in their history they had premises in Allwoodley, Easingwold, Horsforth and Wakefield.

Standard Triumph dealers in Leeds

1951:
Appleyards of Leeds Ltd, North Street, Leeds 6
Cox & Co (Leeds) Ltd, Regent Street, Leeds 2
John Kaye (Leeds) Ltd, 18/22 New York Road 2
Leeds Autocars Ltd, Ritz Garage, Templar Street, Vicar Lane, Leeds 2
Paragon (Hull) Motor Co Ltd, 5 New York Road, Leeds 1
Arnold G Wilson Ltd, 232 Harrogate Road, Leeds 7

1955:
John Kaye (Leeds) Ltd, 18/22 New York Road 2. (Also at Templar Street).
Adams Motor 5ervice, 101 Stoney Rock Lane, 9, and York Road, Whinmoor, Seacroft. Phone 30231/2 and 47258 night service.
Alwoodley Motors Ltd, Harrogate Road, Alwoodley, 17.
Charles S Anderson Ltd, Regent Street, 2.
Ashtons Garage Ltd, Featherstone lane Featherstone
George Box Ltd, Aldam's Road, Dewsbury.
Boyes (Horsforth) Ltd, Rock Garage, Long Row, Horsforth.
Brown & White (Leeds) Ltd., Roundhay Road, 7.
Brunswick Motors (Leeds) Ltd, 17 Cross Belgrave Street 2.
City Motor Depot, 2 Easy Road, 9. 'Phone 29425.
Castleford Garage Ltd, Ferrybridge Road, Castleford.
Frank H Dutson Ltd, Albion Street, 1.
The E.G.5. Co. Ltd, Great George Street and Woodhouse Lane
Hartley Bros, St. Chad's Garage, Headingley, 6.
Hill's Harehills Garage, Roundhay Road, 8.
E R Humberstone, 18-20 High Street, Morley.
Ernest Lawson Ltd, The Garage, Town End, Bramley.
Leeds Autocars Ltd, New York Road and Templar Street 2
Leeds Karsales Ltd, 11 Kirkstall Road, 3.
Manor Garage (Otley) Ltd, Westgate, Otley.
Motor Distributors Ltd, Armley Park, Staningley Road, 12.
Paragon Motors (Wetherby) Ltd, North Street, Wetherby.
Harold Poskitt, Hensall Garage, Whitley Bridge
Shaftesbury Motors Ltd, Sutherland Avenue, Roundhay 8
Spot Garage Ltd, Grove Lane, Meanwood 6
West Leeds Motor Co Ltd, Wellington Road 12

March 1974:
Arnold Wilson Ltd, Regent Street, LS2 7QP - distributor
A G Wilson (Alwoodley) Ltd, 495 Harrogate Road, Alwoodley, LS17 7DA
West Park Motors Ltd, Ring Road, West Park, LS16 5PP
Spence H & Son (Leeds), Town Street, Bramley, LS13 3JT

May 1975:
Arnold G Wilson Ltd, Regent Street, LS2 7QP - distributor
Arnold G Wilson (Alwoodley) Ltd, 495 Harrogate Road, Alwoodley, LS17 7DA
West Park Motors Ltd, Ring Road, West Park, LS16 5PP

March 1988:
Appleyard Rover Leeds, Roseville Road LS8 5QP - distributor
Bristol Street Motors (Leeds) Ltd, Water Lane, LS11 9UF
Fletcher Group, Church Lane, Austhorpe Road, Crossgates, LS15 8BB

May 1991:
Appleyard Rover Leeds, Roseville Road LS8 5QP
Bristol Street Motors (Leeds) Ltd, Water Lane, LS11 9UF
Fletcher Group, Church Lane, Austhorpe Road, Crossgates, LS15 8BB

Plea for more information

If you have any more information or recollections about the  Arnold G Wilson Ltd businesses or other Standard or Triumph car dealers in Leeds 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 sources

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:Arnold G Wilson Aston Martin advert 1973 from Martin on flickr; Arnold G Wilson - Harrogate Road May 1930 from www.leodis.net historic Leeds images online.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Triumph Car Deliveries in New Zealand - Triumph Car Dealers 31A

Triumph 2000's on car transporter in New Zealand
Triumph 2000's on car transporter in New Zealand
Standard Triumph had a factory in New Zealand where they made Triumph cars.  To get the cars out to the dealers delivery lorries were used.  I have this photo from Andrew Newman on facebook which shows Triumph 2000 MkI's being taken off site by H Boyce & Co Ltd truck.

Triumph Mk2s and Princesses on car transporter in New Zealand
Triumph Mk2s and Princesses on car transporter in New Zealand
A much later shot showing Triumph Mk2s and Princesses. These would be cars assembled at Nelson (towards the north of the South Island) The Mk 1s in the other shot probably were assembled at the previous old Christchurch plant. The 2000s were far more successful sellers than the Princess, which sat around in large quantities awaiting buyers apparently.

General Foods fleet delivery New Zealand
General Foods fleet delivery New Zealand
This photo is said to be of a General Foods fleet delivery in New Zealand.

Plea for more information

If you have any more information or recollections about Standard Triumph car delivery in New Zealand or elsewhere 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 sources

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: Triumph 2000 MkI's - Andrew Newman on facebook; Triumph Mk2s and Princesses - .Andrew Newman on facebook.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Mumfords - Triumph Car Dealers 34

Number 34 in my series of articles about Triumph car dealers this is article about Mumfords who had garages in Plymouth, Truro, Exeter, Newton Abbot, Tiverton and Torquay.
Mumfords Limited rear window sticker
Mumfords Limited rear window sticker

Some history

Mumfords 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.
Mumfords of Plymouth  - Western Morning News, 4 November 1946, Triumph dealer advert
This advert from 1946 for Mumfords of Plymouth was placed in the Western Morning News.  At that time the firm were based at Abbey Garage, St Andrews Street and held franchases for many brands of car including Rolls Royce, Bentley, Alvis, Daimler, Wolseley, Lanchester, MG, Standard and Triumph. At this time they were also dealing with AEC and Morris commercial vehicles.

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
Summer 1960 window display - Mumfords
As an alternative to the predictable father Christmas theme Mumfords window display looked forward to summer 1960.

Wet and fine car


Mumford Ltd_Plymouth window display 1966
Mumford Ltd, Plymouth window display 1966
From Standard Triumph Review July 1966 -  Showroom window display arranged by Standard-Triumph dealers, W Mumford Ltd, of Plymouth, when Sir Donald Stokes, Chairman of the Company, visited them. During the display the gunmetal and wedgwood Herald 12/50 was kept wet by a fine spray of water, and the sun above the open "summer" car was illuminated. A most impressive display, as Sir Donald himself remarked.

Mumford Marina Convertible


Morris Marina convertible by Mumfords
Morris Marina convertible by Mumfords
In 1973, Mumfords had Crayford develop a Marina convertible. They paid all the development costs in exchange for manufacturing rights and the sole franchise to market the car. You can see more pictures and read more about this car on the Crayford Convertible Car Club website.
Mumford Convertible
Mumford Convertible

Mumfords other garages

Not 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
Mumfords - Truro
Mumfords, Newquay Road, Truro were a distributor for Triumph and other British Leyland vehicles. The S regs in the above advert would indicate 1976 to 1977 registration year. Unfortunately I have a big gap in my directory collection between May 1975 and March 1988 so can not be sure over what period Mumfords held the franchise.

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 information

If 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 sources

Link 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..

Thursday, April 27, 2017

H H Timberlake Limited of Wigan - Triumph Car Dealer 33

H H Timberlake Limited, Library Street, Wigan in 1937
H H Timberlake Limited, Library Street, Wigan in 1937
In this article H H Timberlake Limited of Wigan are the feature business. Starting out in 1891 with bicycles, in 1902 the firm started dealing with De Dion, Humber and Minerva cars. The first car sold was a Humber 2 1/4. As time passed the number of sales increased and the company acquired more showroom space.

1922 saw H H Timberlake Limited selling AC, Albert, Autocrat, Austin, Arrol Johnston, Beardmore, Belsize, Calcott, Calthorpe, Crossley, Delage, Hammond, Hodgekiss, Horstmann, Humber, Hupmobile, Overland, Rover, Singer, Sunbeam, Swift, Vauxhall and Wolseley.

By 1937 H H Timberlake had 3 car showrooms with space for about 250 cars.  In addition they had  another showroom big enough for 100 motorbikes.  Employing over 50 men, the firm also had workshops and parking.
H H Timberlake Ltd MG dealership advert from 1934
H H Timberlake Ltd MG dealership advert from 1934

H H Timberlake advert from Motor 05 September 1956
H H Timberlake advert from Motor 05 September 1956

H H Timberlake - Standard Vanguard advert from 1956
H H Timberlake - Standard Vanguard III advert from 1956
The 12tht to 16th December 1960 saw a week long Show and Service Week promotion by the firm at their Libary Street, Wigan premises assisted by staff from Standard Triumph HQ.

Mr H H Timberlake

Mr Timberlake was a very active businessman involved in many different firms.  He acted as a director of several motor car related companies elsewhere in England.

Land Rover dealer

Timberlakes sold Land Rovers.  This advertisment is from a Wigan local newspaper and dates from 1966.

Old shop front

old H H Timberlake shop front
old H H Timberlake shop front
An old H H Timberlake shop front was revealed when a successor business on the site ceased trading and the premises were made available to let.

Associated business

H H Timberlake Limited are listed in the Hattons (Southport) Limited company accounts for year to 30 September 1975 as a subsidiary.  There are 5 other companies: Hattons (St Helens) Limited, Hattons (Burnley) Limited, Hattons (Wigan) Limited, Dentons Green Garage Limited, Whitesides (Southport) Limited.

Triumph car dealers in Wigan

I have extracted this information from my collection of Triumph car dealer directories.  Did the Wigan area really not have an Austin Rover dealer in 1988 or 1991?

April 1951:
H H Timberlake Limited, Library Street, Wigan. 

1955: H H Timberlake Limited as area dealer

1959, August 1961:
H H Timberlake Limited as area dealer
M & H Motors, Round House Garage, Whelley.

Feb 1965
H H Timberlake Limited as area dealer

September 1968
Cherry Croft Garage, Wigan Lane
K & M Liptrot (Garswood) Ltd, Garswood Garge, Garswood
H H Timberlake Limited, Library Street, Wigan. 

March 1972
H H Timberlake Limited, Wallgate, Wigan
Cherry Croft Garage, Wigan Lane

March 1974
H H Timberlake Limited, Wallgate, WN3 4EE, Wigan
Cherry Croft Garage, 49 Wigan Lane, WN1 2LF

May 1975
H H Timberlake Limited, Wallgate, WN3 4EE, Wigan

March 1988
no AustinRover dealer?

May 1991
no Rover group dealer?

Plea for more information

If you have any more information or recollections about H H Timberlake Limited of Wigan 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 sources

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:Timberlakes LandRover advert1966 fromWiganWorld; H H Timberlake Limited, Library Street, Wigan in 1937 fromWiganWorld; H H Timberlake - Standard Vanguard III advert from 1956 from Historyworld website; old H H Timberlake shop front from photobucket;

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hattons (St Helens) Ltd - Triumph Car Dealer 32

Hattons (St Helens) Ltd
Hattons (St Helens) Ltd are the feature business in this article. I was sent this image of a Hattons showroom for Austin, Rover Standard, Triumph car and commercials. Initially I had thought this business were based in Southport but subsequent research has shown that Hattons do not appear to have ever held the Standard Triumph franchise in Southport so I conclude this must be an image of Hattons (St Helens) Ltd.

The Hattons business was established in Southport. Hattons (St Helens) Ltd were incorporated as a company 1 July 1953 and traded from Prescot Road, Tollbar. The business was dissolved 10 November 1992. It has since been reinstated but is dormant and not trading.

Hattons (Southport) Ltd

An old advert said to date from sometime between 1928 to 1935 according to njam52 from whose collection it appeared on the Southport.GB.com forum.


They did have the garage at the corner of Hartwood Road and, Roe Lane. I understand they ran the first licensed taxi's in Southport, "White Tops" They were allowed eight licenses. Pre-war The cars were Morris Eights. Black bodies with cream tops.

They bought Whitesides Garages Ltd and used their 6-16 Roe Lane premises.

Hattons on the corner of Leicester Street and Lord Street
Hattons on the corner of Leicester Street and Lord Street

Seeds trade directory

In Seeds
1924-25: Hatton Bros, motor car agents of Imperial Garage, Leyland Road also 1 York Road.

In 1924-25 and 1927 the proprietor is listed as Mr Harold Hatton living at 101 Windsor Road

1927-28: Hatton Bros Ltd automobile agents and engineers 665-7 Lord Street.

1933-34: Hatton Bros Ltd, motor agents & engineers, 4 Hulme Street tel 4437,64a west street and 665-7 Lord Street.

1955: Hattons (Southport) Limited, 93-95 and 655 Lord Street motor showrooms, Hartwood Road and 6-16 Roe Lane service, 30 Gordon Street car park.

Associated business

In the Hattons (Southport) Limited company accounts for year to 30 September 1975 there are listed 6 subsidiary companies: Hattons (St Helens) Limited, Hattons (Burnley) Limited, Hattons (Wigan) Limited, Dentons Green Garage Limited, H H Timberlake Limited, Whitesides (Southport) Limited.

In the Hattons (Southport) Limited company accounts for year to 31 December 1986 there are listed 3 subsidiary companies: Hattons (St Helens) Limited, Suttons of St Helens (Autoparts 1982) Limited, Whitesides (Southport) Limited.

Triumph car dealers in St Helens

To follow.

Plea for more information

If you have any more information or recollections about Hattons (St Helens) 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 sources

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: Hattons on the corner of Leicester Street and Lord Street appeared in The Southport Vistor; An old advert said to date from sometime between 1928 to 1935 from the collection of njam52;

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Canley Car Deliveries - Triumph Car Dealers 31

The 31st article in my series about Standard Triumph is a little different. Rather than being about the dealers who sold the cars in this post I will introduce the subject of getting the cars to the dealers.
Canley Car Deliveries image 01
 Canley Car Deliveries - getting cars away from the factory to the Standard Triumph dealers.
Canley Car Deliveries image 02
"Canley Cars first started trading as a company on 21 November 1945. Very small at the time it operated from a lock up garage in Kirby Rd Earlsdon. Expanding it moved to the old hostels in Duggins Lane in the early 50's, then to Burton Green, and again to behind C and E Motors (now Homebase). You can still see the original gates to Canley Cars in Canley Rd opposite the gun shop. In 1964 the company was sold on by its original owners." as originally posted 31 January 2017 by SteveR on the Historic Coventry Forum.

Many  distributors picked up cars from the factory using their own delivery vehicles. I have several photos of trucks operated by dealers that I will include in the next installment of this article.

Plea for more information

If you have any more information or recollections about any of the Standard Triumph car delivery lorries 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 sources

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: SteveR on the Historic Coventry forum.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Frank Grounds Ltd -Triumph Car Dealers 23B

This article in my series about Triumph car dealers features Birmingham dealer Frank Grounds Ltd.

Frank Ground Ltd letterhead
Frank Ground Ltd letterhead
Frank Ground Ltd, 186-88 Lichfield Road, Aston, Birmingham which I am told it is near the Aston railway station.  Listed in both the 1955 and 1959 Standard Triumph dealer directories.
Frank Grounds Motor Services
Frank Grounds Motor Services Lichfield Road
Long established as coach builders and hauliers the company started out in 1894. The firm had showrooms on Lichfield Road from which they sold many makes over the years including Morris, Morris Commercial, Hillman, MG, Standard, Wolseley and Ford. They also had bodybuilding, trimming, painting and repair departments.

Standard Vanguard estate
Standard Vanguard phase 1 estate
Standard Vanguard Pick Up by Frank Grounds
Standard Vanguard Pick Up by Frank Grounds

Plea for information

If you have any more information or recollections about this garage, photos of window stickers, dealer badges or sill plates etc please let me know.  I can be contacted via the comments to this post or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stephen.weblin

Further information and sources

Link to a post about All Electric Garage .

Link to my post about P J Evans Ltd

Link to post about Cranmore Bros Ltd

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: All pictures including the Frank Ground Ltd letterhead are from Robert Grounds on flickr.

Friday, February 10, 2017

C A Britten & Co (Liverpool) Ltd - Triumph car dealers 30

C A Britten & Co (Liverpool) Ltd of Liverpool are the subject of this article another in my series about  Triumph car dealers in the Liverpool area.
C A Britten & Co (Liverpool) Ltd advert from Motor 05-09-1956

Some history about C A Britten

Born in 1896 Charles Arthur Britten attended Pendleton Grammar School and then the School of Technology in Manchester. After an serving as an apprentice at Belsize Motors, Manchester and in the navy 1916/19 he returned to civilian life at Belsize Motors.

The firm was founded in 1922 by Charles Arthur Britten. and later became a private company in 1948.  Mr C A Britten became a fellow of the Institute of Directors in 1952.

The business became associated with of the Hollingdrake Automobile Co Ltd group, but continued to trade as C A Britten. Reference to the association was made in adverts from at least 1958as can be seen below.
The company was dissolved from 16 March 1979 according to records at Companies House.

The 15th to 19th February 1965 saw a week long  Show and Service Week promotion by the firm at their Vauxhall Road premises assisted by staff from Standard Triumph HQ.

Swallow Doretti and Bond dealer

 
C A Britten & Co (Liverpool) Ltd held the Swallow Doretti franchise. They also sold Bond cars.

Leylands carry church across Africa


Leyland 15 mobile church image 1
Leyland 15 mobile church image 1
It was reported in the Standard Triumph Review January 1965:
Of all the uses to which the adaptable Leyland 15 has been put none could be more unusual than that of three such vehicles recently in the news in Liverpool. These 15 cwts have been built as mobile churches and have been dispatched to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Makurdi in Northern Nigeria.

They are the gift of Liverpool millionaire chain store owner Mr. Frank H. Wilson, and were completed after he had heard of the problems of the missionaries in that part of Africa.

His informant was missionary Father Thomas Friery who was in the Northern city from Nigeria, and after a discussion on the type of church needed, Mr. Wilson suggested that three mobile churches would be better than one large one.

And the results - at a cost of £1,500 each - were the three beautifully fitted out vehicles handed over and blessed towards the end of last November. C A Britten and Co (Liverpool) Ltd, supplied the three chassis and cabs, and from that point the Murray Caravan Company, of Church Street, Orrell, Wigan, took over to make the additions which transformed the everyday, utilitarian vehicle into something quite uncommon.

Leyland 15 mobile church image 2 the interior
Leyland 15 mobile church image 2 the interior

The body is nine feet in length, just over six feet wide, and its height of seven feet six inches makes it easy for the missionary priest to administer three Masses each Sunday and others during the weekday.

Vestments and altar furnishings are stored in fitted cupboards, and the oak altar blends with the oak panelling which lines the interior. The pitched roof interior is of varnished pine, and the outside is left in unpainted aluminium to reflect the heat of the African sun. Rear doors open to reveal the altar, and a marquee unfolds to provide accommodation for a hundred worshippers.

All the windows in the bodywork are finished to simulate leading, and those in the rear doors are of traditional Gothic style.

Emphasising the varied nature of missionary work in Africa, the vehicles are fitted for adaption as ambulances or for educational purposes. They are provided with projectors and electric motors to drive them, and a cinema screen can be drawn down from the roof to convert each church into a small cinema.

Two bench seats run the length of the body, and all the necessary first-aid equipment, including stretchers, is provided.

The Leylands will serve a diocese as large as England and Wales, and soon they are to be joined by a fourth mobile church. Work on this is under way. thanks again to the generosity of Mr. Wilson, former air line chairman and Liverpool city alderman.

He has a standing offer to make up the amount for a similar church every time ten donations of £100 each are received "Contributions have been so encouraging that a further church is under construction and I've given orders for another three to be built", he has announced.

So it is that in Northern Nigeria the name of Leyland will be carrying far and wide the material evidence of Christian service and charity.

Triumph dealers in Liverpool

Here are the names and address details of Standard Triumph car dealers based in the city of Liverpool as listed in the various directories I have in my collection.

1951:
J. Blake & Co Ltd, Bold Street, Liverpool 1.
Johnson's Radio & Music Stores, 172 AlIerton Road, Liverpool 18
Kirby's Ltd, 45-61 Duke Street, Liverpool 1
Liverpool Radio Supplies Ltd, 74-76 Renshaw Street, Liverpool 1
James Smith & Son Ltd, Williamson Street, Liverpool l
W. Watson & Co. (Liverpool) Ltd, Oldham Street, Liverpool 1

October 1955:
C A Britten & Co (Liverpool) Ltd, 37/43 Renshaw Street, 1. 'Phone: Royal 4877/8.    Distributor
Works Dept.: 52/54 Vauxhall Road, 3. 'Phone: Central 4031/2.
J Hemmings & Sons Ltd, Hale. 'Phone 3121.
J B Hepburn Ltd, 48 Bridge Road, Blundellsands, 23. Phone: Gt. Crosby 4806.
Litherland Motors (Liverpool) Ltd., Hawthorne Road, 21. 'Phone: Waterloo 2484.
Meadows Automobiles Ltd., 159/161 Prescot Road, 7. 'Phone: Stoneycroft 6441.
A E Monks & Co. Ltd, Queen's Drive. 4. 'Phone: Aintree 3405
Owens & Davenport, 232 Aigburth Road. 17. 'Phone: Lark Lane 2918.
Pearsons of Liverpool, 3/5/7 Shaw Street, 6. 'Phone: North 1246/7/8.
Prouts (Liverpool) Ltd., 202/206 Breck Road, 5. 'Phone: Anfield 5522. •
Bob Sergent Ltd, Moorfields, 2. 'Phone: Central 7398.
Harry Sullivan Ltd, 123/125 Northumberland Street, 8. 'Phone 3828.
The West Coast Motor Co. Ltd, 113 Mulberry Street, 7. 'Phone: Royal 1919
R & R Weir Ltd, 3 Moor Lane, 23. 'Phone: Great Crosby 3041.

1959:
C A Britten & Co (Liverpool) Ltd, 37/43 Renshaw Street, 1. 'Phone: Royal 4877/8    Distributor
Works Dept.: 52/54 Vauxhall Road, 3. 'Phone: Central 4031/2.
Central Car Services Ltd, 40-46 Priory Road, 4. 'Phone: Anfield 1332.
J B Hepburn Ltd, 48 Bridge Road, Blundellsands, 23. Phone: Gt. Crosby 4806.
Litherland Motors (Liverpool) Ltd, Hawthorne Road, 21. 'Phone: Waterloo 2484.
Meadows Automobiles Ltd., 159/161 Prescot Road, 7. 'Phone: Stoneycroft 6441.
A E Monks & Co. Ltd, Queen's Drive. 4. 'Phone: Aintree 3405
Owen. & Davenport, 232 Aigburth Road, 17. 'Phone: Lark lane 2918.
Pearsons of Liverpool, 3/5/7 Shaw Street, 6. 'Phone: North 1246/7/8.
J N Rutter Ltd, Milton Street, 3. 'Phone: North 0611.
Bob Sergent Ltd, Moorfields, 2. 'Phone: Central 7398.
Harry Sullivan Automobiles. 136 Queens Drive, Childwall, 16. Phone: Childwa1l 2311.
Harry Sullivan Ltd, 123/125 Northumberland Street, 8. 'Phone 3828.
R & R Weir Ltd, 3 Moor Lane, 23. 'Phone: Great Crosby 3041.
West Coast Motor Co. Ltd, 113 Mulberry Street, 7. 'Phone: Royal 1918/9.

August 1961:
C A Britten & Co (Liverpool) Ltd, 37/43 Renshaw Street, 1.    Distributor
'Phone: Royal 4877/8/9.
Works Dept.: 52/54 Vauxhall Road, 3. 'Phone: Central 4031/2.
Central Car Services Ltd, 40-46 Priory Road, 4. 'Phone: Anfield 1332.
J B Hepburn Ltd, 48 Bridge Road, Blundellsands, 23. Phone: Gt. Crosby 4806.    24hrs
Litherland Motors (Liverpool) Ltd, Hawthorne Road, 21. 'Phone: Waterloo 2484.    24hrs
Meadows Automobiles Ltd, 159/161 Prescot Road, 7. 'Phone: Stoneycroft 6441.
A E Monks & Co. Ltd, Queen's Drive. 4. 'Phone: Aintree 3405    24hrs
Owen. & Davenport, 232 Aigburth Road, 17. 'Phone: Lark lane 2918.    24hrs
Pearsons of Liverpool, 3/5/7 Shaw Street, 6. 'Phone: North 1246/7/8.    24hrs
J N Rutter Ltd, Milton Street, 3. 'Phone: North 0611.            24hrs
Bob Sergent Ltd, Moorfields, 2. 'Phone: Central 7398.            24hrs
Harry Sullivan Automobiles. 136 Queens Drive, Childwall, 16. Phone: Childwa1l 2311.    24hrs
Harry Sullivan Ltd, 123/125 Northumberland Street, 8. 'Phone 3828.            24hrs
R & R Weir Ltd, 3 Moor Lane, 3. 'Phone: Great Crosby 3041.                24hrs
West Coast Motor Co. Ltd, 113 Mulberry Street, 7. 'Phone: Royal 1918/9.            24hrs

February 1965:
C A Britten & Co (Liverpool) Ltd, 37/43 Renshaw Street, 1. Phone: Royal 4877/8/9.    Distributor
Works Dept: 52/54 Vauxhall Road, 3. Phone: Central 4031/2.
Fazakerley Garage Ltd, 275 Longmoor Lane, 9. 'Phone Aintree 6733.
J B Hepburn Ltd, 48 Bridge Road North, 23. 'Phone Gt. Crosby 3913/14.
Litherland Motors (Liverpool) Ltd, Hawthorne Road, 21. 'Phone: Waterloo 2484
Macdonalds (West Derby) Garage, Eaton Road, 12. 'Phone Stanley 5139.
Meadows Automobiles Ltd, 159/167 Prescot R9ild. 7. 'Phone Stoneycroft 64011.
F Lellwellyn & Co. Ltd, 211 Aigburth Road. 17. 'Phone Lark Lane 5002,
Harry Sullivan Ltd, 123/125 Northumberland Street, 8. 'Phone Royal 3828.
West Coast Motor Co. Ltd, 113 Mulberry Street, 7. 'Phone Royal 1918.
Zed Motors Ltd, Cherry Lane, 4, 'Phone Stanley 1672.

September 1968:
C A Britten & Co (Liverpool) Ltd, 37/43 Renshaw Street, 1. Phone: Royal 4877/8/9.    Distributor
Works Dept: 52/54 Vauxhall Road, 3. Phone: Central 4031/2.
Cundies (Liverpool) Ltd, 7 Pembroke Place, 1. 'Phone Roy 6814.
Fazakerley Garage Ltd, 275 Longmoor Lane, 9. 'Phone Aintree 6733.
J B Hepburn Ltd, 48 Bridge Road North, 23. 'Phone Gt. Crosby 3913/14..
James Harry & Son (Liverpool) Ltd, 323-349 Edge Lane,  L7 9LF Tel 0151 228 4737/8
Litherland Motors (Liverpool) Ltd, Hawthorne Road, 21. 'Phone: Waterloo 2484
Macdonalds (West Derby) Garage, Eaton Road, 12. 'Phone Stanley 5139.
Meadows Automobiles Ltd, 159/167 Prescot R9ild. 7. 'Phone Stoneycroft 64011.
Otterspool Motors Ltd, 312 Aigburth Road, 17. 'Phone Lark Lane 2261.
Harry Sullivan Ltd, 123/125 Northumberland Street, 8. 'Phone Royal 3828.
West Coast Motor Co Ltd, 113 Mulberry Street, 7. 'Phone Royal 1918.

March 1972:
C A Britten & Co (Liverpool) Ltd, 66-72 Mill Lane, Liverpool, LT3 4DS. Tel 0151 228 0281    Distributor
Fazakerley Garage Ltd, 275 Longmoor Lane, L10 9DY. Tel 0151 525 6733 works 2973
J B Hepburn Ltd, 48 Bridge Road, LS23 6SL. Tel 0151 924 3913/14
James Harry & Son (Liverpool) Ltd, 323-349 Edge Lane,  L7 9LF Tel 0151 228 4737/8
Macdonalds (West Derby) Garage, Eaton Road, L12 9JJ Tel 0151 226 5139
H Woodward & Son Ltd, Altcar Works, Formby L37 8DP Tel 36 76121
Voss Motors (Waterloo) Ltd, 232 Aigburth Road, L69 1EH Tel 0151 727 5002

March 1974:
C A Britten & Co (Liverpool) Ltd, 66-72 Mill Lane, Liverpool, LT3 4DS. Tel 0151 228 0281    Distributor
Fazakerley Garage Ltd, 275 Longmoor Lane, L10 9DY. Tel 0151 525 6733 works 2973
J B Hepburn Ltd, 48 Bridge Road, LS23 6SL. Tel 0151 924 3913/14
James Harry & Son (Liverpool) Ltd, 323-349 Edge Lane,  L7 9LF Tel 0151 228 4737/8 Service 0151 220 2611/12
Macdonalds (West Derby) Garage, Eaton Road, L12 9JJ Tel 0151 226 5139
Voss Motors (Waterloo) Ltd, 232 Aigburth Road, L69 1EH Tel 0151 727 5002 Service 2261   

March 1988:
Charles Clark Liverpool, 308-10 Kensington, L7 2RN        Distributor   
Charles Clark Huyton, 34 Tarbock Road, Huyton, L36 5XW Tel 0151 480 5111
J B Hepburn Ltd, 48 Bridge Road, LS23 6SL. Tel 0151 924 3913/14
Currie Motors Liverpool, Long Lane Walton, L9 7HN
Livock & Edwards Ltd, 72-74 Coronation Road, Great Crosby L23 5RJ Tel 0151 924 6411

Plea for more information

If you have any more information or recollections about any of the Standard Triumph dealers in and around Liverpool including C A Britten & Co (Liverpool) Ltd please get in touch. I would like to see photos of window stickers, dealer badges or sill plates etc. I can be contacted via the comments to this post or on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/stephen.weblin

Further information and sources

Link to post about J B Hepburn Ltd

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: Leyland 15 mobile church images from the Standard Triumph Review; Hollingbroke advert from http://www.historyworld.co.uk/

Saturday, February 04, 2017

J B Hepburn Ltd of Liverpool - Triumph Car dealer 30A

J B Hepburn Ltd are the subject of this article the first of several about Triumph car dealers in the Liverpool area.
Triumph 1300 advert by J B Hepburn Ltd
Triumph 1300 advert by J B Hepburn Ltd

Triumph 1300

Triumph 1300 owned by Will Parker
Triumph 1300 advert no2 by J B Hepburn Ltd
Triumph 1300 advert no2 by J B Hepburn Ltd
J B Hepburn Ltd dealer stamped memorandum
J B Hepburn Ltd dealer stamped memorandum

Key rings and fobs

A key fob branded to show the address and phone number for J B Hepburn Ltd.
A later version from the Rover Group era as used on a Triumph TR7.

Street View

J B Hepburn Ltd undated street view
J B Hepburn Ltd, was based at 48 Bridge Road, Blundellsands, Liverpool, the garage premises and several neighbouring buildings have been demolished and replaced with a block of flats.

Google Street View Bridge Road, Blundellsands, Liverpool July 2008
J B Hepburn Ltd, 48 Bridge Road, Blundellsands, Liverpool,

Dealer address info

First listed in my directories in 1955 as: J B Hepburn Ltd, 48 Bridge Road, Blundellsands, Liverpool 23. Phone: Gt. Crosby 4806. Continuously listed through 1959 until 1974 editions. Also listed as a Austin Rover dealer in March 1988 and a Rover dealer in May 1991.

For much of the time the local Triumph distributor was C A Britten Ltd.

Plea for more information

If you have any more information or recollections about any of the Standard Triumph dealers in and around Liverpool including J B Hepburn Ltd please get in touch. I would like to see photos of window stickers, dealer badges or sill plates etc. I can be contacted via the comments to this post or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stephen.weblin

Further information and sources

Link to an article about C A Britten Ltd the Liverpool distributor.

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: J B Hepburn Ltd dealer stamped memorandum image and Triumph 1300 photo from Will Parker; Rover era key fob photos from Kenny Mackenzie.