Aerial View of Dorman's Factory, Stafford,

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Description:Dorman's factory on Tixall Road, which rums from bottom left to top right. The road across the bottom of the picture is Harrowby Street.

Founded by William Henry Dorman in 1870 on Foregate Street, Dorman's began by manufacturing cutting tools for the footwear industry, but soon began to produce more specialised machinery such as printing, sewing and grinding machines.
In 1903 Dorman's produced their first internal combustion engine for the early motor car industry; this became the main activity of the company.
During the First World War the company was made a Controlled Establishment under the Conditions of War Act and made a notable contribution to the war effort, especially in the development of aerial warfare.
In 1929 Dorman's began to move part of the plant to Tixall Road. By 1939 the manufacture of engines for road use had ceased and the company began to concentrate on the production of industrial and marine engines. Also in this year the Ministry of Labour requisitioned the Foregate works for use as a training centre for engineers and the remainder of the plant transferred to Tixall Road.

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Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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