Stuart Turner and Co
From Graces Guide
Stuart Turner and Co of Henley-on-Thames.
- Stuart Turner and Co: Engines
- Stuart Turner and Co: Generating Sets
- Stuart Turner and Co: Motorcycles
- Stuart Turner and Co: Pumps
Company founded by Sidney Marmaduke Stuart-Turner
1906 Stuart Turner Ltd was incorporated and started to produce model steam engines, gas engines for domestic electricity, lathes, etc. Stuart Turner went on to produce further designs, and by the end of 1906 there were nine models in the range.
By 1907 more space was needed so premises were rented at Market Place, Henley-On-Thames where the company remained for many years.
In 1911, the Stuart Stella motorcycle was introduced, including a two-cylinder water cooled two-stroke engine.
In 1914, the company manufactured a generating plant for the Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton's ship, the Endurance. It was used in the ill-fated Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.
WWII During World War I (1914–18), the company produced nuts and bolts, gas valves and a Klaxon horn for gas attack warnings. The workforce expanded to over 300 men and 100 women.
In 1917, Stuart Turner acquired Broadgates Inn in Market Place, Henley-on-Thames, and has used this as a base ever since.
1944 Producing a tiny 2-3 bhp two stroke diesel engine for marine use
A decision was taken in the late 1980s to separate Stuart Turner Ltd. into two separate operations with the larger side of the business making pumps staying at Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, and the Steam Engine section moving to Cheddar in Somerset.
In 1991, Stuart Models underwent a change of ownership with the production and sales departments moving to Guernsey.
Sources of Information
- 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
- The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw. Published 2007. ISBN 978 1 8401 3967 9
-  Wikipedia
- The Modern Diesel edited by Geoffrey Smith. Published by Iliffe & Sons 1944