Old Photographs of Rolls-Royce,
This page features old pictures supplied by Dave Atkins and Rob Chambers.
These photographs must be viewed at a screen resolution of 1024x768 or greater due to the large size.
The Rolls-Royce OED office building is still in use today. It was originally built after the second world war, and in 1951 the 'Oil Engine Division' (hence OED) moved into them from Clan Foundry, Belper. In the factory behind, Rolls-Royce Oil engines were produced (old fashioned name for diesel engines), ranging from 60 - 600 b.h.p (break horse power). These engines were used in a number of vehicles ranging from: Vickers VR.180 Tractor Model 18C, Scammell Constructor with Cement Trailer, Canadian Fishing Boat, Dennis Fire Engine, Canadian Hayes Logging Truck, to name but a few.
Some information supplied by Michael Bryan, President of the Rolls-Royce Golf Society
The first professional was an old Derby County footballer, W Tedder, who was followed by Arthur Rivett who came from Markeaton GC. Arthur remained the professional until the course was given over to farming at the beginning of the second World War in 1939 and he subsequently worked as a fireman at Sinfin during the War.
Jack Piggs, a former employee, recalled that as a young lad he remembers a man with a strong resemblance to Stan Laurel playing golf on the course during the early 1930s. Later, in 1936, when Jack joined Rolls-Royce, he found that "Stan" was an inspector in the old No.2 Shop. Jack also recalls that a small pitch-and-putt course was built near the current Sports Hall and it was formally opened by Hon. Joan Gee (the eldest daughter of the Company Chairman, Lord Hives), at that time an England international player, but it only remained open for a few years. This may have been the same 9 Hole course referred to earlier.
Images DP-OLDDAC-04 and 05 are used by kind permission of Rolls-Royce. they show the inside of the factory from some time in the 1970's. They show the assembly of the RB211 engine and the Adour engine for the Hawk Trainer.
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