During WW2 The Standard Motor Company had operated on behalf of the Government a new “shadow” factory making aero engines. Continue reading “Banner Lane and Massey Ferguson”
Banner Lane was the site of a wartime shadow factory in Coventry run by the Standard Motor Company and dedicated to making Bristol Hercules aero engines. Continue reading “Banner Lane – Massey Ferguson”
On Tuesday. 12th February, 1952 a presentation was made to Mr. H. E. Chapman by employees of No. 2 Shop, Banner Lane, on the occasion of his transfer to the Jet Engine Division. Continue reading “H. E. Chapman”
The huge Banner Lane plant of The Standard Motor Co. Ltd., which is building the Ferguson Tractor, recently produced the 10,000th complete machine. Continue reading “Ferguson 10,000th Tractor”
My father (Edward Ken Wadsworth) came from Manchester and started working at The Standard Motor Co as a qualified electrician and progressed to the position of Plant Director responsible for all maintenance and tool room departments that included Canley, Fletchhamstead North and South, Radford and Western Avenue.
I ( Peter Wadsworth) first went to visit the Canley factory just after the war in about 1946 at the age of 6 years. It was almost inevitable that 10 years later I would start my Standard Motor apprenticeship training to be a Factory Layout Engineer. The school was located at the Massey Ferguson plant on Banner Lane where I eventually came back to finish my working life. My early recollections are having a ride on the fire engine and going into the boiler house and seeing a row of 13 huge boilers, originally coke fired and later converted to oil fired.