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North and Sons

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January 1920.
November 1927
August 1923

of London

of Watford, Herts. (1923)

1839 Formed as a watch-making company

1904 Commenced making automotive components

1905 Moved to Watford

1920 February. Issued catalogue of magnetos. [1]

1920 October. Exhibited at the Commercial Motor Exhibition at Olympia with magneto equipment for commercial vehicles. [2]

1926 Employing 630 on a 115,460 sq. ft. factory

1927 Watford magnetos.

1933 North and Sons Ltd, then one of the leading manufacturers of magnetos and also a manufacturer of speedometers and other instruments for motor vehicles, was purchased by Lucas in 1933 for £22,347. Lucas subsequently recovered half the purchase price from Smiths. Joseph Lucas Ltd took over the magneto side of the business and Smiths the instrument side.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1920/02/06 p130
  2. The Engineer of 29th October 1920 p426
  • [1] Competition Commission Web Site