English Electric Co. Stafford and Tanks

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Date:1943

Description:The English Electric Co. Armoured Vehicle Factory (Tank Factory) at Stafford after the completion of extensions.

During World War II, the English Electric Co. Ltd placed its accumulated experience and engineering organisation at the disposal of the Government and manufactured equipment that would be vital to the defence programme.

The Stafford factory was renowned for its electrical products including generators, transformers and switchgear and throughout the war years continued to receive contracts for many of these items. In addition the factory became involved in the production of parts and final assembly of Armoured Vehicles which included the Covenanter, Centaur, Comet and Cromwell tanks.

Acknowledgement: The War Diary of The English Electric Company LTD. 1938 – 1945.

Additional information:-
Siemens Brothers purchased the land in 1901 and built the factory and offices which were ready to start production in 1903. In 1918 Siemens merged with several companies, including Dick, Kerr and Co., to become the English Electric Co. Two years later in 1920, The English Electric Co bought the Stafford Works. The English Electric Co merged with GEC (The General Electric Company) during 1968 and the Lichfield Road Site became part of GEC Power Engineering Ltd. On 22 March 1989 became part of GEC ALSTHOM, an Anglo French Joint Venture. On 22 June 1998 became part of ALSTOM with global HQ in Paris and on 2 November 2015 the Stafford Grid and Power Businesses became part of GE (General Electric, an American Company).


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1940s
Packing Dept., English Electric Co., Stafford
Packing Dept., English Electric Co., Stafford

Packing meters on the Lichfield Road (Main Works) site in Stafford. In the 1960s ...

1960s
English Electric Co., Stafford
English Electric Co., Stafford

Pictured are Craft, Technician and Student Apprentices receiving their practical ...

1980s
GEC, Lichfield Road, Stafford
GEC, Lichfield Road, Stafford

Left to right: Dave Johnson, Fred Dew, Bernard Fulton, Bill Weaver, Rod Whiteman, ...

1990s
Long Service Awards, Alstom, Stafford
Long Service Awards, Alstom, Stafford

Pictured at a Long Service Awards ceremony for employees of ALSTOM Transmission ...

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Creators: English Electric Co. - Creator

Image courtesy of: Mr Bob Metcalfe

Donor ref:BM-225 (192/27043)

Source: Mr Bob Metcalfe

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