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Powell and Hanmer

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of Chester Street, Birmingham.

of Aston Manor, Birmingham.

London Depot: 167 Great Portland Street. Glasgow Depot: 75 Robertson Street.

1885 Francis Powell and Francis Hanmer founded Powell and Hanmer in the Summer of 1885, their first advertisement appearing in November 1885.

1890 Patent for velocipede lamps. Francis Powell and Francis Hanmer.[1]

1913 April. Advert for headlamps for cars. [2]

1914 Built their second factory in Rocky Lane for dynamo lighting sets.

1920 Dynamo for motor cars. [3]

1929 Powell and Hanmer Ltd, which Lucas acquired that year, was, at that time, its principal competitor in non-electrical equipment for cycles and motor cycles. When a director of that company joined the board of Austin, Lucas feared that he might encourage Powell and Hanmer to produce electrical equipment for supply to Austin and that the association might also affect Lucas's quotations to other large vehicle manufacturers. Lucas made an offer to Powell & Hanmer and purchased the business for £500,000. [4]


Bicycle Lamps. Examples seen at the National Cycle Collection

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Birmingham Daily Post - Thursday 25 December 1890
  2. The Autocar of 5th April 1913 pXXVIII
  3. The Engineer of 9th April 1920 p366
  4. [1] Competition Commission Web Site
  • Birmingham’s Industrial Heritage by Ray Shill. Published by Sutton Publishing 2002. ISBN 0-7509-2593-0