Born on 16 September 1888, the youngest of nine siblings, Walter Owen Bentley founded Bentley Motors Limited on 10 July 1919.
In preparation for war in 1938 the British government searched for a suitable site to produce aero-engines, in July of that same year a 24 hectare site was acquired on the potato fields of Merrill’s Farm, Crewe.
With the war in Europe over in 1945 it was decided that the Crewe factory would be used to produce cars. In 1998 Bentley was purchased by the Volkswagen Group along with the Crewe factory, I00 years after building his first car, Walter’s name is known across the globe for creating cars with an unrivalled blend of performance and the finest craftsmanship and materials.
Bentley Motors are now Crewe’s largest employer with over 3,000 staff based at their Pyms Lane factory.
The Crewe Heritage Centre would like to congratulate Bentley Motors on this landmark anniversary. #MadeInCrewe ...
Happy birthday Bentley , I’ve enjoyed the last 40 years with you .we had some ups and downs. Things are and never been better placed for future.
After Thursday vision of the future bring it on
Happy Birthday to Bentley. But if your going to give a history lesson on the Crewe site, make sure you get it right. Don’t forget to mention the bigger brother of the two Marques. If it wasn’t for Rolls-Royce buying out Bentley it might not of survived this long.
A friend with a total of 28 years service doesn't qualify for an invitation to the celebrations. Just what do you have to do to qualify?
Some of you people need to get a grip!!
You like to moan & complain about absolutely anything!!
All they have done is wish a company happy birthday
Proud Heritage of British Automotive Manufacturing 🇬🇧
quite disgusted tbh that in this history there is NO mention of Rolls Royce, The ROLLS ROYCE merlin engine practically kept this country from being invaded, this piece makes it sound like it was Bentley from the start, if you are going to promote yourselves as a historic organisation then at least quote REAL history not the twisted version that appeases Bentley, don't sponsor you by any chance do they?
This is a downright insult to people that worked at ROLLS ROYCE, my Dad for one, then me several years later. you simply cannot erase a large part of that factories history because it might not suit the company that inhabits it for now
Why have you written out Crewe’s relationship with Rolls Royce who acquired the Potato Fields in 1936 as a base for Manufacture that was close to already established Foundries and a Railway Link, 3 years before the outbreak of World War ll
Bentley was founded in 1919 at Cricklewood in London, when RR purchased Bentley in 1931, they merged Bentley into RR Manufacturing, Vickers bought RR in 1980, before de merging the Companies selling Rolls Royce to BMW and Bentley to The Volkswagen. Audi Group, although it is as with all VWA marques a stand alone Company
Just saying 😉
Why is the bit about Rolls Royce the factory site founding manufacturer been emitted from its history ?
a VW bentley that makes sense might get them cheaper now
We're really proud to be hosting part of the #trActionCrewe festival this year, join us at the Heritage Centre this Saturday, featuring a large selection of modern and vintage vehicles from Ice Cream vans to Bentleys.
Entry to all trAction events are free this weekend.
trAction Crewe Saturday 6 July trAction, Crewe Town Council’s festival of science, movement and arts is back featuring a host of free STEAM activities and performances which all the family can enjoy. SpareParts Festival returns to trAction for 2019 as well, offering a selection of stupendous and s...
We're really excited to announce that for the first time in nearly a decade we will be visited by 6201 'Princess Elizabeth' tomorrow, the locomotive was built right in Crewe Works in 1933 by the London Midland & Scottish Railway Company.
The steam engine will arrive at the Heritage Centre at 14:00* tomorrow, why not come on down and see this impressive piece of engineering that was #MadeInCrewe
#Crewe #CreweHC #Daysout #SteamTrain *Subject to change. ...
My Dad beside the Princess Elizabeth about 1986, dad was an apprentice in the north sheds then went on to work in the south shed and diesel dept . He was a foreman in the south shed and would have worked on this at some point in his 50 yrs with the railways.
My Dad Fred Perks driving the 6201 Princess Elizabeth
It is a beautiful hot day here at the Heritage Centre, we are open until 16:30 (Last admission: 15:30), admission is only £4 per person today, why not come on down and visit one of Crewe’s most popular days out? ...
Are you visiting the All Change event at Crewe Diesel Depot tomorrow? Don’t forget that you can enter the Crewe Heritage Centre for just £4 tomorrow when you show your All Change ticket at the gate. 😀 ...
Are you looking for something to do on this sunny Bank Holiday weekend?
Then why not visit Crewe's most popular visitor attraction*, the Crewe Heritage Centre will be open all Bank Holiday weekend from 10:00 - 16:30 (Last Admission: 15:30). You will also have the chance to see 60163 'Tornado' which is with us all Bank Holiday.
6 DAYS TO GO! That's right the wait is nearly over, we kick off our 32nd season this Saturday and Sunday. We'll be open from 10:00 - 16:30 (last admission: 15:30) every weekend and bank holiday from now until September.
We're also pleased to announce that 60163 'Tornado' will be with us all weekend, why not come along to se this masterpiece of engineering. #Crewe #CreweHeritage #Daysout #Cheshire #Museum #Steamtrain ...
I was very fortunate to see Tornado running through my hometown in Wem last Saturday.
Here's a photo of Tornado.
Why dont you open one day in the week? I cannot go at weekends because I am working and bank holidays are too busy!! There must be thousands of pensioners like me who would love to go when it's not so busy?!
the web site says tornado there the weekend after
James J Collins
Abigail Eddy be good to take Finley 🚂😊
Graham Masser that's what's on this wknd zzz
i going to see
One for mark Maryam Abdollahi
Hi, can you advise where Tornado is coming from and when she is due to arrive? Thanks
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