Did You Know?

Did you know that…

  • Sir George Dowty once represented England at Curling and was one of four players to win a Gold Medal?

  • Dowty equipped Gloucester Prison with a Machine Workshop to enable prisoners learn a trade?

  • the locks at Gloucester Docks were converted from manual to hydraulic operation in the 1960’s using Dowty equipment?

  • a pipe-laying machine used in the North Sea Gas Fields was equipped with Dowty Hydraulics?

  • Lansing Bagnall and other fork-lift truck suppliers had Dowty hydraulic equipment fitted to their trucks?

  • Dowty Boulton Paul Engineers designed and developed a specialised hydraulic press, used for high quality presswork, such as aircraft panels and aluminium body parts for Aston Martin?

  • during World War 2 over 1500 women were employed at Dowty factories?

  • Dowty hydraulic equipment was fitted to JCB machines?

  • in 1935 George Dowty paid £6000 for Arle Court Estate, including the mansion, eight cottages and 100 acres?

  • Dowty supplied the propellers, gearboxes and fan lifts for the Vickers VA-1, VA-2 and VA-3 Hovercraft?

  • 26,000 Dowty Wagon Retarders were installed at the Tinsley Marshalling Yard in 1961?

  • in 1931 when times were hard and aircraft orders few, to keep his business afloat, George Dowty made photographic print glazing presses and metal garden labels?

  • Dowty even had its own Housing Association to assist employees build their own houses?

  • That in 1956 Dowty Mining used 15 miles of steel tube every week in their production of pit props!

  • In May 1961 Sir George and Lady Dowty presented 5 chairs of the Regency period for use in the Mayor’s Parlour

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