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Car dealer's daughters gave me 1913 archives

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: June 28, 2014

  • County Show in Stafford in 1924

  • 1926 West Midlands agricultural show

  • 1929 Ford AA truck 24HP petrol engine

  • 1949 Ford E83W 1/2 ton van

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I HAVE just read the story in The Bugle (March 13 edition) about one of the earliest car dealers in the Black Country, Reginald Tildesley of Willenhall.

I knew the company supplying them with equipment up until they went into receivership in the early 1980's.

Reginald's two daughters presented me with the company archives, stock books dating back to 1913 and hundreds of period photographs.

I was lucky to be able to contact several old retired employees giving unique insight into the company over the years.

There was so much unique information that I was able to write the history of the agricultural side of the business, my special sphere of interest.

This was published by ATC publications as A Fordson Dealer Portfolio, now long out of print.

The company's trading area for Ford & Fordson vehicles went from Willenhall to Aberystwyth, and they had seven depots.

If the lady in the original article, Lindsay Gordos, pictured with the Reginald Tildsley booklets, gives me the year the year her late uncle bought the car, and his name, it is possible that I can locate it in the RT stock books and send her the details of the vehicle.

I thought Bugle readers might be interested in these old photographs of Reginald Tildesley.

Best regards.

David M Bate,

Dinas Cross,

Pembrokeshire,

SA42 0SU.

01348 811700.

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