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E. G. Wrigley and Co

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E. G. Wrigley and Company, tool makers, of Foundry Lane Works, Soho, Birmingham

1897 E. G. Wrigley started in business making small tools[1]

1898 Company established at Aston Road, Birmingham to take over the private business formed by E. G. Wrigley

1902 Company moved to the Foundry Lane Works.

1913 Produced a cyclecar with a 7/9hp two-cylinder engine.[2]

1914 Small tools and gearing manufacturers. Specialities: cutters, twist drills and taps of every description, all kinds of gearing. Employees 400. [3]

1914 Directors: J. D. Steven (Managing Director), C. H. Burne (Secretary), J. A. Kenrick, P. J. Worsley (jun.), J. D. Steven. Staff: 400.

WWI: fully occupied making small tools and vehicle transmissions.

1918 Cecil Kimber joins the company. Makers of steering gear, transmission assemblies and axles to a number of car manufacturers

1919 Capital increased to fund expansion

1920 September. Exhibited at the Machine Tool and Engineering Exhibition at Olympia with small tools including twist drills, milling cutters and hobs for worm gears. [4]

1920 Acquired shares in J. Tylor and Sons[5] by exchange with the shareholders of Tylors[6] and also in Holcroft's Steel Foundry Ltd.

Took on contract to build gearboxes for Angus Sanderson and Co but lost heavily on the deal.

1924 Their factory premises were taken over by William Morris and became Morris Commercial Cars; Frank George Woollard, the assistant MD of Wrigley moved to Morris at Oxford.


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jun 19, 1919
  2. Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile
  3. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  4. The Engineer of 10th September 1920 p244
  5. The Times Mar 29, 1920
  6. The Times, Mar 24, 1920