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Henry Meadows

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Badge seen on an exhibit at Boconnoc Steam Fair July 2011. Courtesy of M. Soper.
November 1922.
October 1923.
October 1936.
October 1938.
March 1946.
November 1946.
April 1951.
1951. Supercharged Rail Traction Diesel Engine.

Henry Meadows of Wolverhampton were major suppliers of engines and gearboxes to the smaller companies in the British motor industry.

1917 registered as a company[1]

1920 Founded in Park Lane, Wolverhampton, as a car gearbox maker

1921 Mr John E. Dorman joined the board of Henry Meadows.[2]

1922 They expanded into petrol engines

1922 Prevented by legal action from using the name Dorman for their engines[3]

1929 Public company.

1930s Built a large factory in Fallings Park, Wolverhampton.

1935 Introduced their first diesel engine

1938 Introduced a six-cylinder diesel engine

1944 Producing 100 bhp six-cylinder diesel engine for marine use

After World War II they started making diesel engines both for the vehicle, marine and stationary markets. Many were supplied to their neighbour in Fallings Park, Guy Motors for use in their buses and trucks.

1949 The company began working with the Associated British Oil Engines Group, and there has been an interchange of directors.

1952 The company became part of Associated British Engineering

1955 Following reorganistion, as well as making engines for rail and traction, the company also provided spares and service[4]

1956 Private company.

1957 They produced the Frisky micro-car powered by a 328 cc Villiers two-cylinder two-stroke engine. They were produced at Henry Meadows (Vehicles) Ltd, Cannock Road. Bodies were made at the nearby Guy factory.

1958 Introduced the 'Frisky Sprint' at the motor show but it did not enter production

1959 Company sold by ABE

1959 They set up a separate company called Frisky Cars (1959) Ltd

1960 The company closed

1961 Manufacturing a range of 5 diesel engines from 100 to 300 hp, a range of gearboxes for automotive, industrial and marine purposes. 520 employees.


  • Sport 1957-61
  • Family Three 1960-64

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, May 06, 1922
  2. The Engineer 1921/09/16
  3. The Times May 06, 1922
  4. The Times, Sep 02, 1955
  • [1] Wikipedia
  • The Modern Diesel edited by Geoffrey Smith. Published by Iliffe & Sons 1944
  • 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  • Powered Vehicles made in the Black Country by Jim Boulton and Harold Parsons. Published 1990. ISBN 0 904015 30 0