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Henry Meadows
Successor Associated British Engineering
Founded 1920
Defunct 1960
Headquarters Wolverhampton, England
Products engines, transmissions

Henry Meadows of Wolverhampton, England were major suppliers of engines and transmissions, to the smaller companies in the British motor industry.


Founded in 1920 in Park Lane, Wolverhampton, as a car gearbox maker, they expanded into petrol engines in 1922 and in the 1930s built a large factory in Fallings Park, Wolverhampton.

One of the most popular petrol engines was the one and a half litre four-cylinder Type 4ED engine, widely used by Frazer Nash and Lea Francis during the 1920s and 30s. Another successful product, the 4.5 litre six-cylinder engine is best remembered as the power unit for Invicta and Lagonda cars.

In 1938 they supplied diesel engines for the New Zealand Railways NZR RM class Standard class railcars. Later they supplied engines for use in Scottish rail buses for the Highland lines. They were powered by Meadows HDT500 six-cylinder, 8.14 litre flat diesel engines.

In World War II they built the Flat-12 petrol engine of 340 hp (250 kW) used in the Covenanter tank, and were also involved in the Rolls-Royce Meteor petrol tank engine from 1944.

After World War II they continued making diesel engines both for the vehicle, marine and stationary markets. Many were supplied to their neighbour in Fallings Park, Guy Motors for use in their buses and trucks.

Applications using Meadows engines

They also supplied diesel engines for tractors and construction plant in the post war years.

During the early 1950s, Meadows supplied gearboxes for the Jowett Javelin car.[1]

They were also responsible for making the Frisky microcar between 1957 and 1961.

The company became part of Associated British Engineering and Henry Meadows closed in 1960.

Model range

  • Gear boxes
  • Meadows type 4ED - 4-cylinder petrol engines
  • Meadows Diesel engines - For Railcars.
  • Tank engines - WW II
  • Gearboxes for Jowett - 1950s

See also

References / sources

  • Initial article from wikipedia to build on with model range (linked to by other articles)
  1. Images of Motoring: Jowett Cars by Noel Stokoe (ISBN 0752417231)

External links

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