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of Power Road, Chiswick, London, W4.

of Ernesettle, Plymouth.

Bush Radio was a British radio manufacturing company, and one of the most famous names in early British radios and televisions.


1932 Company founded by Gilbert Darnley-Smith, who later became MD and deputy chairman. Partly owned by Gaumont British. Said to be based on the Amplion horn loudspeakers business. The brand name comes from their location in Woodger Road, Shepherd's Bush, London.

1936 Three types of televisor receiving sets (models T5, T6 and T7) made for Baird Television shown at the Wireless Exhibition at Olympia. [1]. Factory moved to Power Road, Chiswick.

1938 Gaumont British Picture Corporation general meeting told that the associated company Bush Radio had contributed new and substantial income[2].

1940 Advert: the 'Bush Button' radio 'All-wave Model P.B.63 with Triode output' and a console version of the same known as the S.U.G.64. [3]

1945 Bush Radio merged with Cinema-Television Ltd, both subsidiaries of the Gaumont British Picture Corporation part of J. Arthur Rank's Odeon Theatres Ltd[4]. Bush continued to obtain valves and tubes for its sets mainly from outside sources[5].

1947 One of the companies within the J Arthur Rank Organisation that were involved in scientific research[6]. Products included domestic radios, radio-gramophones, television receivers.

1948 Bush Radio production expanded with a new factory at Ernesettle, Plymouth.[7].

1949 G. Darnley-Smith was MD [8]

1953 Manufacturer of TV sets [9]

1954 Advert for radio on this page. [10]

1956 Shown as a wholly owned subsidiary of Cinema-Television which is part of the Rank Organisation [11]

1959 The Bush TR82 transistor radio, designed by Ogle Design, was regarded as an icon of early transistor radio design. The first radio to use the Ogle cabinet design was the MB60, a battery/mains valve set from 1957-59.

1961 Manufacturers of radio and television sets and equipment. 3,000 employees. [12]

1962 Bush Radio was the principal subsidiary of Bush and Rank Cintel[13]; it was merged with the newly acquired Murphy Radio by Rank[14] - see Rank-Bush Murphy

1963 Bush units were still being produced at Plymouth.

1968 Rank Bush Murphy Electronics became part of a new division in Rank Precision Industries established to focus on development of the scientific instruments business[15].

1980s the Bush name disappeared from the British market during the 1980s.


See Bush Radio: Radios


See Bush Radio: Televisions

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Wednesday, Aug 26, 1936
  2. The Times, 23 July 1938
  3. The Times, Saturday, Jan 27, 1940
  4. The Times, 12 September 1946
  6. The Times 1 October 1947
  7. The Times, 28 October 1948
  8. The Times, Monday, Sep 05, 1949
  9. Choosing your Television Set. Published by Freelance in 1953.
  10. [1] History World
  11. The Times, Monday, Oct 08, 1956
  12. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  13. The Times 27 July 1962
  14. The Times, 11 October 1963
  15. The Times 24 September 1968