Skip to content
The history of Gloucestershire’s global engineering group
Tell us your story
You are here:
Rotol Airscrews originated in 1937 at temporary premises in Llanthony Road, Gloucester and was formed by Rolls Royce and Bristol Aircraft to take over both companies propellor developments, the company transferred to the new factory at Staverton at the end of 1937.
By 1959 Rotol Airscrews and British Messier along with Dowty Equipment and Dowty Fuel Systems became part of the new Dowty Aviation Division based at Cheltenham.
In 1960 Rotol Airscrews was acquired and became known as Dowty Rotol
By 1980 Dowty Rotol was the largest company in the Dowty Group Aerospace and Defence Division, they employed 3,800 and occupied 34,000m2 of offices, manufacturing workshops and ancillary services.
Dowty Rotol were manufacturers of aircraft accessory equipment, aircraft undercarriages, propellers, gearboxes, hydraulic systems and flying controls.
A Servo Valve from Dowty
An article reprinted from the magazine Aeroplane & Aeronautics about A Servo Valve from Dowty – Sep 1959
Air Turbine Driven Accessory Gearbox Data Sheet 2027
Dowty Rotol – Air Turbine Driven Accessory Gearbox Data Sheet 2027
An Engineer from Churchdown - A very British hero!
An article from the Daily Mail by Geoffrey Wansell – March 2009 Shy, short-sighted and hating violence – a very British ...
Apprentice Prize Giving - Press Reports
Dowty Apprentices’ Prize Giving – November 1952 The third annual apprentices’ prize giving of Dowty Equipment, Ltd., took place at Arle ...
Apprentice Training Schools
The majority, if not all Dowty sites had their own Apprentice Training Schools. This is where all Apprentices usually spent their ...
Bleed Air Turbines
Dowty Rotol – Bleed Air Turbines
Boundless Opportunities at Dowty
Attached is a promotional pamphlet featuring none other than me (Alan Martin), circa 1974. The large black and white photo was ...
Design Approval from Air Registration Board
Dowty Rotol Design Approval from Air Registration Board – Mar 1960
Dowty Apprentices - Projects & Events
Dowty Apprentices occasionally got involved in some kind of “project” or “event”, this would involve a team of apprentices coming ...
Dowty Group - Chief Executive Awards for Excellence
Dowty Group Chief Executive Awards for Excellence
Dowty Group - US Product Brochure
Dowty Group – US Product Brochure
Dowty Precision Castings - Organisation Charts
Copies of Dowty Precision Castings Management Organisation Charts from the 1980’s
The business originated in 1937 as Rotol Airscrews Ltd., and was formed by Rolls-Royce and Bristol Aircraft to take over ...
Dowty Reorganisation Forecast -1959
Dowty Reorganisation Forecast – 8 May 1959 When Sir George Dowty presented prizes to Rotol apprentices on May 8 he said ...
Dowty Rotol - Company Profile
Dowty Rotol – Company Profile
Dowty Rotol - Front Office Building Refurbishment
Dowty Rotol – Front Office Building Refurbishment In 1990 the iconic white Front Office building and adjacent red brick buildings were ...
Dowty Rotol - IME 1952
An article about Dowty Rotol which featured in their company reference manual, produced by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in ...
Dowty Rotol - Newsletter September 1983
Dowty Rotol – Newsletter September 1983
Dowty Rotol - Newsletter September 1989
Dowty Rotol – Newsletter September 1989
Dowty Rotol - Newsletters
Copies of Dowty Rotol “Newsletters” issued to employees
Dowty Rotol - Newspaper Clippings
Copies of Dowty Rotol newspaper clippings that appeared in local and national papers between 1955-59
Dowty Rotol - Organisation Charts
Copies of Dowty Rotol Management Organisation Charts Apologies for the poor quality of some charts – all originals can be viewed ...
Dowty Rotol - People
Photographs of the people who used to work at Dowty Rotol Our thanks to all those who shared their photos
Dowty Rotol - Products
Photographs of products that were designed and manufactured by Dowty Rotol at Staverton, Gloucester Products were produced for both military and ...
Dowty Hydraulic Units
Dowty Fuel Systems
Dowty Maritime Ocean Systems
Dowty Equipment of Canada
Dowty Group Services
Dowty Boulton Paul
Dowty Group Ltd
Dowty Coventry Precision
Dowty Railway Preservation Society
Gloster Engineering (Cheltenham)
Iloman Engineering Ltd
Sir George Dowty
New Mendip Engineering
Did you know?
Dowty Sites - Worldwide
Dowty Patent Specifications
Dowty Group Packing
Dowty Corporation (USA)
Dex Machine Tools
Dowty Mining Equipment
Dowty Sports & Social Club
Content released under
Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0