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William Arthur Stevens

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William Arthur Stevens (1864-1935) of W. A. Stevens

1864 Born in Maidstone, the son of John Stevens, Timber dealer.

1881 John Stevens 59, Sarah Stevens 56, Sarah Stevens 31, William Arthur Stevens 16[1]

He was involved in cycle trade at some point; he was connected with Humber, Marriott and Cooper. He was a cycle enthusiast, the tricycle being his favourite mount; he had many lively bouts at different times with A. J. Wilson and Percy Letchford.

1891 William A Stevens 26, timber merchant in company, employer, lived in Maidstone with Harriett A Stevens 23, John W Stevens 1[2]

1896 Associate of the Inst Elec Engineers

1897 William Arthur Stevens went into business (as Stevens and Barker?) on a site used by his father supplying English timber.

1901 William A Stevens 35, electrical and mechanical engineer, employer, lived in Maidstone, with Harriett A Stevens 35, John W Stevens 11, Dorothy Violet Stevens 5 months[3]

c.1902 Partner in Stevens and Barker

At some point the business of W. A. Stevens was established on the same site, maker of petrol-electric vehicles

1907 Thomas Tilling acquired the Stevens business

1908 With Percy Frost Smith, Stevens designed a petrol-electric transmission for the Hallford petrol-electric bus which was produced in the works of J. and E. Hall. [4]

1911 Living at St Peter Street, Maidstone, Kent: William Arthur Stevens (age 46 born Maidstone), Managing Director of W. A. Stevens Ltd, Maidstone, Mfg Electrical Engineer. With his wife Harriett Anne and their daughter.[5]

c.1913 Stevens left the W. A. Stevens business

c.1921 MD of Stevens Petrol-Electric Vehicles Ltd

1935 died in Maidstone[6]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1881 census
  2. 1891 census
  3. 1901 census
  4. Commercial Motor 26 March 1908
  5. 1911 Census
  6. BMD
  • Commercial Motor 25th September 1913