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Langdon-Davies Motor Co

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1904. Soames Change gear.
New Zealand.
No 4257. 3 BHP. 400v ~ 50. Speed 1370. New Zealand.
Electric motor on a sensitive drilling machine made by Phoenix Dynamo Co. On display at Rockville Machinery and Settlers’ Museum, New Zealand

Langdon-Davies of Southwark Works, Deverall Street, London.

Presumably successors to Langdon-Davies Electric Motor Co

1903 The Soames Car was shown at the 1903 Motor Show (SMMT January) by the Langdon-Davies Motor Co. (A. Soames and W. Langdon-Davies patents).

1904 Catalogue issued

1904 The company demonstrated a car with a new type of gearbox and a friction clutch at the 1904 Crystal Palace Motor Show[1]

1905 The company was reconstructed on 20 January, the capital being greatly reduced in the reconstruction. [2]

1905 The (previous) company was wound up and liquidator disposed of the property and assets[3]

1905 The company offered single, two and three phase electric motors, friction clutch motors, direct current motors and the Langdon-Davies petrol engine.[4]

1909 Issued a catalogue of single and three phase motors

1910 revised price list for 50 cycles poly-phase motors and single phase motors operating between 40 and 100 cycles

1911 The company was voluntarily wound-up[5]. Walter Langdon-Davies became unemployed

1912 The business was to be sold as a going concern with the approbation of the court[6]

1917 Catalogue of single-phase and poly-phase electric motors

Later became Brittain's Electric Motor Co.

1929 The company name was removed from the register

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1904/03/04
  2. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  3. The London Gazette 16 May 1905
  4. The Engineer 1905
  5. The London Gazette 24 February 1911
  6. The London Gazette 16 February 1912