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#358077 - 02/13/11 11:46 pm Any images or plans of the Matchless/AJS factory?
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Does anyone have images or drawings of the Matchless/AJS factory? I'd love to see what it looked like. All I can find on-line is references to its address:

Collier, Henry & Sons Ltd. (engineers), 44 Plumstead road, Plumstead SE 18 http://www.gracesguide.co.uk/wiki/1919_Post_Office_London_Location_Suburbs_Directory

http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/matchless.htm

There's lots of images and even videos of Triumph and BSA, but none I can find of Matchless/AJS. Of course Triumph and BSA both were much larger operations, and made a lot more bikes and more importantly revenue and profit than Matchless/AJS, but hopefully there are some images out there.
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#358079 - 02/14/11 12:02 am Re: Any images or plans of the Matchless/AJS factory? [Re: Matthew in TO]
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Edited by Matthew in TO (02/14/11 12:03 am)
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#358080 - 02/14/11 12:05 am Re: Any images or plans of the Matchless/AJS factory? [Re: Matthew in TO]
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#358114 - 02/14/11 8:44 am Re: Any images or plans of the Matchless/AJS factory? [Re: Matthew in TO]
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Plug 18 Plumstead Rd, Greenwich, London SE18 7BZ, United Kingdom
into google maps, nothing left of the orginal building as it looks to have been built over and now is a small industrial estate.

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#358633 - 02/16/11 11:36 pm Re: Any images or plans of the Matchless/AJS factory? [Re: Matthew in TO]
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"Of course Triumph and BSA both were much larger operations "

These words will come back to haunt you ? - AMC were at some stage the worlds largest manufacturer of motorcycles. In the early 1950s when AMC was AJS, Matchless, Norton, James, Francis Barnett and a couple of others. Manufacturing was not just at Plumstead then though...

Lets not forget there was a large recession, in the motorcycle industry too, in the mid 1950s, and afterwards the Triumph BSA empire emerged as the biggest. For a while.

There are lots of Plumstead factory pics, if you hunt around.
Yodel if you can't readily find any.
As mentioned above, the factory was demolished and a housing estate built there.

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#361935 - 03/08/11 5:50 pm Re: Any images or plans of the Matchless/AJS factory? [Re: Matthew in TO]
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Originally Posted By: Matthew in TO
I just bought this book. It's a good read thus far, with great images of the factory.
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#393679 - 09/09/11 2:38 am Re: Any images or plans of the Matchless/AJS factory? [Re: Matthew in TO]
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#578801 - 12/31/14 12:41 am Re: Any images or plans of the Matchless/AJS factory? [Re: Matthew in TO]
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#578821 - 12/31/14 8:32 am Re: Any images or plans of the Matchless/AJS factory? [Re: Matthew in TO]
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A"Motorcycle Apprentice" by Bill Cakebread is an absolute must foranyone interested in Matchless / AMC history. A thoroughly fascinating read.

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#579513 - 01/05/15 10:06 am Re: Any images or plans of the Matchless/AJS factory? [Re: Matthew in TO]
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#581613 - 01/18/15 11:09 pm Re: Any images or plans of the Matchless/AJS factory? [Re: J in KC]
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Now thats what a real motorcycle looks like !!

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#591887 - 03/25/15 9:15 pm Re: Any images or plans of the Matchless/AJS factory? [Re: Matthew in TO]
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No images, but I read that Boy George (George O'Dowd)'s father worked at the Matchless in London.
I enjoy looking at photos of the factories and workers at much as pictures of the bikes, so thank you for posting.
If I was young and had any money I'd immediately buy a 600 twin Matchbox engine and frame, and build a road-going G45 "replica". I think it's one of the great beauties of motorcyling.

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#593034 - 04/01/15 6:36 pm Re: Any images or plans of the Matchless/AJS factory? [Re: Matthew in TO]
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Here are some posted on Worldwide AJS & Matchless Motorbike Owners! (Facebook page) https://www.facebook.com/groups/22528289585/


Spares and Service dept in Burrage Grove. Pic taken from roof of factory. Pub at the end of the road (Queens Arms) is pretty much the only building left.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=...e=1&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=...e=1&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=...e=1&theater

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#594996 - 04/14/15 9:34 pm Re: Any images or plans of the Matchless/AJS factory? [Re: Berkeleyhunt]
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Speaking of spares, I thought that it is interesting that while 25% of Matchless machines were sold each year in the USA, the Americans used 75% of the spare parts that the factory produced.

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#595014 - 04/15/15 12:02 am Re: Any images or plans of the Matchless/AJS factory? [Re: old mule]
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Originally Posted By old mule
Speaking of spares, I thought that it is interesting that while 25% of Matchless machines were sold each year in the USA, the Americans used 75% of the spare parts that the factory produced.


I think they were not as competent at bodging as the rest of the market grin

Rob C

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#595027 - 04/15/15 3:35 am Re: Any images or plans of the Matchless/AJS factory? [Re: robcurrie]
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Yeah, while the Colliers were there, everything was fair dinkum. Right!

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