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Crewe's Rolls Royce Factory from Old Photographs [Paperback]

Peter Ollerhead , Tony Flood
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21 May 2010
The prestigious and world famous Rolls Royce and Bentley luxury cars were produced at Crewe from 1946 when the factory's post-war production moved on from war-winning Merlin aero engines. The railway town of Crewe was originally chosen as a factory site because it offered a good transport infrastructure together with a plentiful supply of labour. In 1943, when Merlin engine production was at its peak, the factory employed around 10,000 people. Having both trained and worked at the factory Peter Ollerhead has a unique insight into the life of the company and its employees. Here he presents a special selection of images from his own collection and that of the Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club and many of these factually captioned images have never been seen before. They cover 1938 to 2002 when Bentley was in sole possession of the Pym's Lane factory. Both Rolls Royce and Bentley cars are featured, (as is the Merlin aero engine production in the wartime years). All the cars are covered from the Silver Dawn and Bentley R Type to the latest models. There are also images of manufacturing such as machining, assembly of engines and bodies, seats etc and some of the personnel are identified and manufacturing processes explained. The book closes with an extensive section of personnel sporting events associated with Rolls Royce and retirements etc.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing (21 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848688598
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848688599
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 369,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After serving his apprenticeship at Rolls Royce from 1952 to 1958 Peter Ollerhead continued his employment there until he left in the mid '60s to pursue a career in teaching from which he has since retired. A local broadcaster and keen historian he is Chair of the Crewe and District Local History Association and Secretary of Crewe Local History Society. Fellow author Tony Flood is a retired a retired Rolls Royce Quality Engineer and a member of the Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club.

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By Ro Yo
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Starting with the labour intensive wartime Merlin engine days, these photos show many aspects of car production through the Silver Cloud and Silver Shadow and right into the new millenium with the Silver Seraph. Much of the book is devoted to the employees and various presentations, visits, etc. This is a trip down memory lane for any former employee, but also a window into the world of Rolls-Royce and Bentley.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book 8 July 2013
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Interesting book on the history of Rolls Royce Motors, Crewe. My parents worked here during the war making merlin engines
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crewe's Rolls-Royce factory book 18 Feb 2013
By rt456gt
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Bought with Making Cars at Crewe also by Peter Ollerhead this was a complete history of the early days of production of motor cars at Crewe and even showed pictures of the factory being built for wartime aircraft production. A great window on the past.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Step back in time 9 Jan 2013
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If you worked in the factory during the 1930's to 70's you will surely recognise some of those in the pictures in this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars memories 12 Dec 2010
By ron
worked for the company for 39 years, nice to see a lot of old faces from the past, sorry to say a lot of them are no longer with us
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