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Laycock Engineering Co

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of Victoria Works, Archer Road, Millhouses, Sheffield, general engineers and manufacturer of components for the motor trade including Layrub universal joint.

1880 Company founded by William Samuel Laycock as W. S. Laycock of Sheffield

1913-15 Made a number of 35hp trucks.[1]

1924 The W. S. Laycock company was subject to proceedings for bankruptcy

At some point W. S. Laycock became Laycock Engineering Co

Developed garage equipment, and began supply of gearboxes, front and rear axles, etc.

1930 Laycock Engineering Co was offered for sale by the receiver as a going concern[2]. The company was acquired by Thomas W. Ward of Sheffield

1934 Manufactured the Layrub universal coupling, originally developed for road vehicles, under licence from the American patentees.

1935 Having been reorganised and brought into a profitable state, the company was acquired by London financial interests. A public company of similar name was incorporated to acquire the business[3]

1937 Engine accessory manufacturers.

1938 Agreement with Tecalemit Ltd to manufacture and supply garage equipment that had previously been obtained from outside suppliers; Tecalemit would take over the marketing of Laycock garage equipment[4]

1938 Birfield Industries was formed for purpose of acquiring Hardy Spicer and Co and the undertaking and assets of Laycock Engineering Company [5].

1939 Layrub propeller shafts (see advert)

1939 Laycock continued as a holding company to hold the shares allocated under the merger.

1944 Advert for a Propeller Shaft for diesel traction. 'A Birfield Company'.

1948 Laycock-Neale air pressure braking system (see advert)

1948 Developed an overdrive unit for the Standard Motor Co - designed by Auto Transmissions.[6]

1949 Laycock garage equipment for the motor trade (see advert)

1950 Laycock-de Normanville overdrive system manufactured under licence from Auto Transmissions Ltd (see advert)

1952 Name changed to Laycock Engineering - dropped the 'Co'

Note: the Layrub products continue to be made see Twiflex

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Complete Encyclopedia of Commercial Vehicles. Edited by G. N. Georgano
  2. The Times, Jul 25, 1930
  3. The Times Dec 23, 1935
  4. The Times, Nov 03, 1938
  5. The Times, 23 December 1938
  6. Automobile Engineer: 1965/04