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Alldays and Onions Pneumatic Engineering Co

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of Great Western Works, Birmingham.

of Matchless Works, Birmingham (1914)

1885 Alldays and Onions Ltd was formed by the merger of William Allday and Sons Ltd with John C. Onions Ltd [1].

1889 Company reorganised as Alldays and Onions Pneumatic Engineering Co. of Birmingham. The company, Alldays and Onions Pneumatic Engineering Co, was registered on 18 December, to take over and extend the business of Alldays and Onions, manufacturers of bellows, portable forges etc. [2]

1896/7 Directory: Listed under cycles. [3]

1898 The company produced its first car, the Traveller

1900 Maker of Roots blowers, smiths' hearths, grind-stones and troughs, vices, stocks, taps, and dies, and moulders', house, and smiths' bellows.

1903 Started series production of cars followed by vans.

1907 Exhibited a light commercial vehicles.

1912 Alldays and Onions, which had been engaged in the general engineering trade for a long time, had more recently established separate works for car manufacture; had also acquired the Enfield Autocar Co including manufacturing rights and trade mark; manufacture of the two types of car would be kept separate; motorcycles were also built[4].

WWI Munitions production

1916 Issue of shares to fund expansion for war work[5].

c.1919 The company had been renamed as Alldays and Onions Ltd, although the abbreviated version had also been used in previous years.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 14 January 1916
  2. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  3. Peck's Trades Directory of Birmingham, 1896-97: Cycles
  4. The Times, 2 October 1912
  5. The Times, 14 January 1916