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 business started in the early 1920's selling and repairing bicycles from premises on Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds.  Arnold G Wilson (Leeds) Ltd the company was founded 27 August 1934 and went into liquidation in 1984.  More than one firm has traded using the name Arnold G Wilson Ltd,
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

Arnold G Wilson Ltd Triumph Dolomite advert June 1972
Arnold G Wilson Ltd Triumph Dolomite advert June 1972

Subsidiaries

A liquidator was appointed to these companies and a final winding up meeting held on 24 June 1993.
Arnold Wilson (Alwoodley) Limited
Arnold G Wilson (Parts) Limited
Arnold G Wilson (Horsforth) Limited
Arnold G Wilson (Wakefield) Limited
Arnold G Wilson (Leeds) Limited

Mr Arnold G Wilson

I found this image and paragraph at https://www.wetherbynews.co.uk/news/looking-back-at-sherburn-in-elmet-1-7260940: Sherburn-in-Elmet, April 1956 and Mr Arnold G Wilson is pictured taking his cousin, Miss Julie Wilson, for a flight in the Percival Proctor I which has visited every country in Europe. Mr Wilson of the Yorkshire Aeroplane Club, Sherburn Aerodrome had been lent the aircraft by Mr Joe Taylor who retired as Aviation Manager of Shell and BP.

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, Bond, 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

1935:
Reg Horsley, 72 Albion Street, 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; Arnold G Wilson Ltd Triumph Dolomite advert June 1972 from BARC Centre Circular June 1972.
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