Crewe's Rolls Royce Factory From Old Photographs
The collection of images in this book portray the presence of Rolls-Royce in Crewe from the heady days just prior to the Second World War. It was decided then that a factory to manufacture desperately needed Merlin aero engines to power Spitfires and Hurricanes in the defence of these islands would be erected in the town. Images of both production and destruction chart the progress of the struggle with fascism until peace was won, allowing normal life to begin again. It was then that RR made the decision to turn the Pym's Lane factory away from armaments and concentrate all car production in the town, so the rest of the images show the many differing marques of the cars that bore the iconic RR logo along with the winged 'B' of the various Bentley models that were manufactured in south Cheshire. Many of the photographs that illustrate the production methods and machines in this volume have not been available to the general public, making it an interesting and informative read. The book closes with a long chapter concerned with the people and activities associated with the proud history of Bentley and Rolls-Royce in Crewe until the sad day when the marques divided leaving Bentley as the sole yet worthy owner of the Pym's Lane factory.
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aero engines assembled Back row Bentley Arnage Bentley Continental Bentley Mk Bentley S series Bernard Preston Bill Elliott body bombed Brooklands build hall bunfight Camargue canteen capstan centre lathe turner crankcase Crewe RR CREWE’S cylinder engine David Plastow Derby Derek Coulson Development engineer Dick Garner director Dr Llewellyn Smith draughtsman employees engine first introduced field day fifties Frank Front row fronting Pym’s Lane Geoff Griffon Grylls Hitler’s Jack Phillips jig and tool Jock Knight John Morris Jones Kaye Don looking north looking south manager at Crewe manufactured Martin Bourne MERGED WITH VICKERS Merlin engine mideighties Miss England nearest the camera Nick Colbourne paint Paulerspury PETER OLLERHEAD Pointon production Pym’s Lane factory Ray Dorey road testing RollsRoyce Corniche RollsRoyce Silver Shadow RR Silver Cloud RR Silver Shadow RR Silver Spirit seventies Silver Dawn Silver Seraph Sunnybank Road swarf test bed Tony Flood twentyfive V8 engine Walter Lea