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Brecknell, Dolman and Rogers

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Vending machine for book matches.

Brecknell, Dolman and Rogers, makers of coin-operated machinery.

1928 Brecknell, Willis and Co was separated from Brecknell, Munro and Rogers to take over the company's electrical engineering activities. Thrissell Engineering Co seems to have been formed at the same time to develop coin-operated machinery.

1954 The name of Brecknell, Munro and Rogers was changed to Brecknell, Dolman and Rogers[1]

1958 The company was in full production on vending machines; Mr H. Dolman was chairman[2]

1958 Awarded: Gold Medal Dairy Show.

1960 Sold part of its half share in Polymark[3]

1961 Manufacturers of butter and margarine wrapping machines; packing machinery for sugar, flour, coffee, rice; egg grading and other special purpose machinery. 1,200 employees.

1962 Planned to introduce a coal-vending machine[4]

1964 New machines included a book-selling machine, ticket machines for the London Underground and electrical cigarette machines[5]

1965 Acquired 51 percent of Redcliffe Radio and Engineering Co; the name was changed to Brecknell-Redcliffe Electronics Ltd.

1966 38th AGM: Mr Harry Dolman, M I Mech E, M I P E was chairman. An automatic roulette machine was about to enter production[6]

1967 Had brought most of the work in-house; about to start production on their largest ever order, ticket machines for London Underground[7]

1968 Queen's Award to Industry for Technological Innovation.

1969 Agreement to merge with Vokes, both having interests in food processing machinery and vending equipment; Vokes issued its shares to the company's holders[8]. Subsequently found problems with conversion of existing vending machines to accept decimal coinage[9]

1970 Problems had arisen with conversion of machines to handle decimal currency[10]

1971 Main lines were cigarette dispensers and egg sorting machines[11]. Name changed to BDR Machines. Continued problems led to closure of one factory at Bristol[12]

1972 Problems at BDR Machines continued[13]

1973 Highland Electronics acquired Brecknell Redcliffe from Vokes[14]

1977 Brecknell, Dolman and Rogers was liquidated.[15]

1982 BDR Machines was in liquidation[16]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times June 21, 1954
  2. The Times Jan. 2, 1958
  3. The Times, Dec. 15, 1960
  4. The Times Friday, Jan. 12, 1962
  5. The Times Jan. 10, 1964
  6. The Times Feb. 7, 1966
  7. The Times Dec. 19, 1967
  8. The Times, Jun 20, 1969
  9. The Times, Sep 18, 1970
  10. The Times July 11, 1970
  11. The Time July 17, 1971
  12. The Times, Aug 28, 1971
  13. The Times, Oct 14, 1972
  14. The Times, Jul 14, 1973
  15. The London Gazette Publication date:25 October 1977 Issue:47360 Page:13474
  16. The London Gazette 7 December 1982