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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.

Lee Beesley

From Graces Guide

Electrical engineering contractors

1907 William Lliffe noticed the conscientious workmanship of Herbert Beesley and Charles Lee and suggested they set up in business together, forming Lee Beesley. They installed generators, storage batteries and wiring circuits in a number of Midland country houses including Mr Lliffe’s home, Allesley House, in Coventry.

Post-WWI Moved to larger premises in Smithford Street, Coventry. Here the company had a shop, workshop and stores on the ground floor capped by two floors of offices plus a van and two handcarts.

1928 One of the sub-contractors who built Coventry Power Station[1]

1930s Shadow factory construction provided business for Lee Beesley who wired and equipped a new propeller factory near Gloucester and the first air frame factory on the edge of Liverpool.

1951 Set up branches in Birmingham and Swansea.

1953 The Liverpool branch established

c1960 Plymouth branch established

1968 Townsend-Thoresen was formed, with Lee Beesley as the national electrical engineering division of European Ferries.

1970s Electrification of British Leyland’s Longbridge factory for the production of the Mini Metro.

1970s Acquired by Sam Smith who turned round the loss making company[2]

1981 Acquired (part of) Humphrey’s and Glasgow; formed Lee Beesley Humphrey’s & Glasgow Ltd to provide a mechanical and electrical service for industry and commerce.

1988/9 Deritend Electrical Services Ltd was acquired by Triplex Group and merged with Lee Beesley to form Lee Beesley Deritend plc.

1991 Acquired by the GTIE Group; worked on several joint venture projects with its new French colleagues, including the construction of the Channel Tunnel

2011 Lee Beesley joined the International Network of Industrial experts of VINCI Energies; rebranded as Actemium.


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Nov 01, 1928
  2. The Times, July 10, 1989
  • [1] Vinci website