Dowty Electronics - Gresham Lion Technology

Photographs showing the Dowty Electronics – Gresham Lion Technology site at Feltham, Middlesex and Ashington, Nothumberland in 1986

These photographs were taken by the Dowty Group Services Property Department, prior to purchase or leasing of the site.

Dowty Electronics - Gresham Lion Technology Feltham 1986
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Dowty Electronics - Gresham Lion Technology Feltham 1986
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Dowty Electronics - Gresham Lion Technology Feltham 1986
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Dowty Electronics - Gresham Lion Technology Ashington 1986
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Dowty Electronics - Gresham Lion Technology Ashington 1986
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub

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  • As well as John Colman, (mentioned above) Gresham Lion was also founded by my grandfather Jeffrey Clegg and part owned by his family when sold to Dowty.

    By Joanna Roche (07/11/2020)
  • I worked for Gresham Loin Electronics in 1970-72 in Twickenham road And I worked for Pat Toulouse production engineering manager.

    By Kamal Bajaj (12/09/2020)
  • Thank you Alan for the updated information, much appreciated.

    By John Redfern (07/09/2020)
  • Hi
    I worked at Twickenham road for 10 years in the Technical dept design quality under Dave Pennington. Gresham got its name from companies house in Gresham street London. It moved into small electronic power supplies buying Lion electronics (at the back of the red lion pub in Hounslow). As the prime subcontractor to Ferranti computers it learnt about RN weapon systems and after the Falklands disasters offered the RN a totally new distributed microprocessor based concept.
    The original large and small transformer business had by this time deminished. The company had to sold to a non predtory buyer Dowty to avoid being taken in death duties on the passing of owner J.P Colman who reportedly got £25m. Dowty were financially strong and as such were taken over by TI group on the orders of both companies major shareholder Prudential in the 1990s. Dowty / Gresham were subsequently broken up the Gresham part sold off and have become very successful under an old Britsh trade name Ultra Electronics.
    Regards to all old Gresham staff.
    Alan perry.

    By Alan perry (06/09/2020)
  • I was told when I worked at the Twickenham Road site from 1975 to 1985 that the brick faced building at the right hand end of the site was originally ‘Lion Mechanical Products Ltd’ whose merger with ‘Gresham Transformers Ltd’ was how ‘Gresham Lion Ltd.’ got so named. Gresham Transformers was named after the original site, a cow shed on Gresham Road in Staines-upon-Thames. Can anyone verify this?

    By Clive Hodson (14/02/2020)

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