Dowty Electrics - Site Locations

Early development of Dowty electrical components began at Arle Court during WW2 when it was a department of Dowty Equipment.

In 1948 the new electrical section moved to Royal House, Montpelier, Cheltenham.

Then in 1956, Dowty Electrics moved to Ashchurch, Tewkesbury.

Dowty Electrics – Ashchurch, later the Dowty Railway Preservation Society

Dowty Electrics developed and manufactured electrical switches and indicator components used on some of the worlds most modern aircraft and also the electronic and electrical equipment used by Dowty Mining.

In 1967 Dowty Electrics shared the Queens Award for Technical Innovation with Dowty Mining.

Following a fire at Ashchurch in 1969 Dowty Electrics moved to newer premises at Kingsditch lane Trading Estate, Cheltenham

Dowty Electrics, Kingsditch Lane Trading Estate, Cheltenham

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c.1988 – Kingsditch Lane Trading Estate, Cheltenham

Ashchurch 7 May 1946. This super aerial view shows the tall provender store and the sidings, with the brand new Dowty factory behind
Ashchurch, Cotswold Packing Co c1935. A fine view showing the sidings, with covered vans for the despatch of boxes of canned fruit, which were made up in the provender store. To the left of the main building can be seen railway workers' houses, while on the right is the Midland Railway tank house, which survives to this day, alongside the main line.
Dowty Electrics c.1988 - Kingsditch Lane Trading Estate, Cheltenham
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Aerial view of the Kingsditch Trading Estate, Cheltenham c.1980 - Dowty Electrics building circled in red
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Dowty Electrics c.1988 - Kingsditch Lane Trading Estate, Cheltenham
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Dowty Electrics Unit No.4 - Station Street Tewkesbury
Dave Lee
Unit 4 - Tewkesbury
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Unit 4 - Tewkesbury
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub

Comments about this page

  • Hello Malcolm, thank you for your message, you are indeed correct but this Dowty Unit was also used by Dowty Hydraulics and others too, the photographs appear here on this link; https://www.dowtyheritage.org.uk/content/dowty-group/dowty-hydraulics/dowty-hydraulic-units-tewkesbury. However, I will also add these photographs to the Dowty Electric page too, so that we may correct the record.

    By John Redfern (13/04/2019)
  • What about Dowty Electrics? I worked there in the early 60’s in the model shop doing R and D. It was situated in Station St Tewkesbury

    By Malcolm Higgs (13/04/2019)

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