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Grenfell and Accles

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of Holdford Engineering Works, Perry Barr, Birmingham

1891 Grenfell and Accles Ltd was established as a new company by Hubert H. Grenfell and J. G. Accles to acquire the Gatling Arms and Amunition Co which had gone into liquidation[1]. Accles' brother, William, was manager of the works.

Messrs Grenfell and Accles Ltd had taken over the Holford works from Holford Ammunition Co(sic)[2].

1891 The workers expressed their thanks to their employer Messrs Grenfell and Accles for the 53 hour working week; the decision was transmitted to Mr W. S. Accles, works manager, for transmission to the directors[3].

1892 An improved version of the Gatling Gun was displayed at the Birmingham and Midland Institute by Messrs Grenfell and Accles of Perry Barr[4].

1892 700 People were employed making ammunition at the time of an explosion.[5].

1892 Patent to H. Grenfell and J. G. Accles on revolving small arms[6].

1896 New company Accles Ltd was set up as a public company to take over the businesses of Grenfell and Accles Ltd and Accles Arms and Ammunition Manufacturing Co and operate them as going concerns[7]; J. G. Accles would join the board.

1900 One of 4 manufacturers working long hours to makes small arms ammunition for the British Armed Forces - the others were Woolwich Arsenal, G. Kynoch and Co and Birmingham Metal and Ammunition Co[8].

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Glasgow Herald 5 December 1893
  2. Birmingham Daily Post 23 July 1892
  3. Birmingham Daily Post, 31 July 1891
  4. Birmingham Daily Post, 12 January 1892
  5. Birmingham Daily Post 23 July 1892
  6. Birmingham Daily Post, 2 December 1892
  7. The North-Eastern Daily Gazette, 4 June 1896
  8. Birmingham Daily Post 13 February 1900