Telford’s small part in Car Manufacturing

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Telford’s small part in Car Manufacturing

Telford has a long history of making vehicles and parts for vehicles. In the early part of the 20th century, G F Milnes & Co Ltd opened Hadley Castle Works to make first tramcars, and later motor car wheels & bodies in what most people around here would know as ‘Sankeys’. At it’s peak in the mid 70s, the factory employed over 6500 people. The biggest employer in the town.

In a corner of Stafford Park in 1973, a factory opened up making a small sports car. Designed by Tom Killeen, a former Jensen engineer and draughtsman with a specialism in developing monocoque-bodies sports cars, the Innes Lee Scorpion was born.

The factory site is roughly opposite the Stafford Park Fire Station, Masterplug are there now. If you worked here, or remember it, I’d love to hear from you.

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