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John Morris and Sons

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1924. See Guy Motors. Exhibit at the Black Country Living Museum.
Morris Fire Engine (278) of the National Rail Museum, Delhi
1912. 'Madeleine'.
1912. 'Madeleine'.
1912. 'Madeleine'.
1912. 'Madeleine'.

John Morris and Sons of Salford, makers of "anything and everything" for fire fighting including fire engines, hose couplings and fire extinguishers.

They built their first commercial vehicle in 1906.

1909 Salford Fire Engine Works[1]

1911 a shaft-driven three-ton truck with 28hp four-cylinder engine was introduced.

1912 Produced a six-cylinder 14 Litre 79hp vehicle as a fire engine called ‘Madeleine’ and was supplied new to Southampton Fire Brigade at a cost of £1,170. (See images). This is currently viewable at the Whitewebbs Museum of Transport

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices of Steam Motor Wagons, Tractors and Ploughs etc. see the 1917 Red Book

1921 End of vehicle production

Presumably continued to offer products such as John Morris (Firesnow)

1970 Acquired by Siebe Gorman and Co who then entered fire protection business


John Morris of Stockport

Note: A brass and copper standpipe of probably Victorian era was seen at an antiques store in Honiton in 2007. (AIT)


See Also

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Sources of Information

  1. Slater's Manchester, Salford & Suburban Directory, 1909
  • The British Motorcycle Directory - Over 1,100 Marques from 1888 - by Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth. Pub: The Crowood Press 2004 ISBN 1 86126 674 X
  • Ian Allan - British Buses Since 1900 - Aldridge and Morris