Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

J. Evans and Son (Portsmouth)

From Graces Guide
Jack Evans founder of the company, with his son William Jack Evans.
1940s. The Marcyn Works.
1949. Brush making machines.
March 1959.
1951.
Plastic machine.

of Marcyn Works, Goldsmith Avenue, Portsmouth

1920 Company founded by Jack Evans and his son William Jack Evans.

Evans cable lubricator, brush making and plastics machines.

During World War II the company supplied 660 Sets of Halifax undercarriages to the RAF. They also produced undercarriages of Horsa Mark II Gliders for the war efforts.[1]

The Portsmouth works were requisitioned under Defence Regulations, but were regained after the war.

1944 By now the firm had made great progress and a continuous stream of equipment for the Forces was leaving the works. In March this year Queen Mary paid a visit to the firm (commemorated in The Story of a Successful Enterprise booklet available to view below).

1945 C. L. Weldon is director of the company. After the war the firm turned a section of the works over to the manufacture of cartoning machinery for milk and other liquid packaging.

1953 Employing around 200 men.[2]

1955 Reference to the company still trading.[3]


1945 - Read: The Story of a Successful Enterprise - a little booklet published about the company's business until the end of World War II.


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Sources of Information

  1. 'The Story of a Successful Enterprise (1945 company publication)'
  2. Portsmouth Evening News - Wednesday 02 December 1953
  3. Portsmouth Evening News - Tuesday 15 November 1955