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Lancashire Dynamo and Crypto

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1939. Name plate off a Swift and Summerskill planer.
1943. Part of a Generating Set.
1943. Part of a Generating Set (Detail).
1944. Exhibit at Internal Fire Museum of Power. (Detail).
Nameplate at Geevor Mine
Exhibit at Geevor Tin Mine Museum. Slip Ring Induction Motor.
Circa 1952. Crypton face and hand drier.
Circa 1952. Crypton face and hand drier.
Circa 1952. Crypton face and hand drier details.
Circa 1952. Crypton face and hand drier.
Circa 1952 Crypton face and hand drier with heating element and LDC repulsion motor in base. Seen at Claremont, Western Australia. Note swivel funnel at top.
Crypton face and hand drier (detail) seen in Claremont, Western Australia. Note swivel funnel at top.

of Trafford Park, Manchester, and Willesden. Factory located at the eastern end of Trafford Park Road, opposite the junction with Warwick Road North.

1899 Lancashire Dynamo and Motor Co founded.

1932/3 Lancashire Dynamo and Motor Co amalgamated with Crypto Electrical Co, forming Lancashire Dynamo and Crypto[1].

1936 Subsidiary company formed: Crypton Equipment Ltd to deal with the company's battery charging, cinema and rectifier business[2].

1951 Private company - subsidiary of newly formed Lancashire Dynamo Holdings Ltd[3]

1956 The principal subsidiary of Lancashire Dynamo Holdings. Others were Foster Transformers Ltd, Nevelin Electric Co, Crypto Ltd, Crypton Equipment Ltd, Lancashire Dynamo Electronic Products Ltd, Dynamo and Motor Repairs Ltd[4].

1956 A new subsidiary, Lancashire Dynamo Nevelin, was formed to incorporate Nevelin Electric Co, maker of rectifiers of Croydon, and Lancashire Dynamo Switchgear (of Bridgwater) at a new site at Oxted, Surrey[5].

1956 Lancashire Dynamo Holdings acquired J. G. Statter and Co[6].

1960 Metal Industries acquired Lancashire Dynamo Holdings Ltd to provide automation capability which would be complementary to its existing businesses[7].

1961 Electrical engineers, manufacturing a wide range of electrical products. [8]

1967 Lancashire Dynamo and Crypto Ltd was acquired by AEI when Thorn Electrical Industries acquired Metal Industries[9].

1967 After the take-over by GEC', the Trafford Park works (presumably) were closed down[10]

1969 The motors business became part of English Electric-AEI Machines [11]

1981 Lancashire Dynamo became part of GEC Large Machines Ltd

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 14 March 1933
  2. The Times, 21 February 1936
  3. The Times, 28 February 1951
  4. The Times, 6 June 1956
  5. The Times, 1 October 1956
  6. The Times, 11 June 1959
  7. The Times, 16 August 1960
  8. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  9. The Times, 15 September 1967
  10. 'Trafford Park - The First Hundred Years' by Robert Nicholls. Phillimore & Co Ltd., 1996
  11. The Times June 4, 1969