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Thompson Brothers of Bradley Engineering Works, Bilston, Birmingham.
1810 Company founded..
1882 Purchased by Enoch Stephen Thompson.
1896/7 Directory: Listed as makers of steam boilers
1896/7 Directory: Advertiser. More detail
1896/7 Directory: Listed as makers of iron boats.
1906 Incorporated as a private company.
1920-24 Made the 8/10 T.B. Runabout car. Around 750 produced.
1925 They opened a London office at Aldwych House, Aldwych, London, W.C.2.
1937 Converted into a public company on 24 May . The business had been under the management of Enoch Thompson and his sons, Frederick Stephen Thompson and Howard James Thompson (who were the current managing directors), for 55 years. The managing directors were said to be the 3rd generation in the business . Business of engineering and steel plate fabrication. Very extensive business in steel tanks for road transport, stainless steel tanks and aircraft refuelling equipment. 67 acres of land at the works.
1937 Manufacturers of metal components, exhaust manifolds and petrol filling equipment.
1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers
1959 John Thompson had taken over Thompson Brothers (Bilston) in the past year, a business in similar line (This company seems to have been set up by brothers of one of the early Thompsons in the John Thompson line, and the directors of the two companies were, during the first half the 20th century, cousins). Thompson Brothers (Bilston) had previously absorbed Darham Industries (London) Ltd.
1961 General engineers, manufacturing aircraft refuelling, pumping and measuring equipment, chemical plant, galvanising plant, heavy plate pressings, stainless steel tanks and road and rail transport tanks for all liquids. 680 employees.