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Brazil Straker Building - Fishponds

Brazil Straker Building - Fishponds

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G2341. This was the original Brazil Straker office building on Lodge Causeway,Fishponds, where Roy Fedden first worked as an engineer. Brazil Straker was the first Bristol company to be brought under Admiralty control during World War One. During 1915 it began manufacturing Rolls-Royce aero-engines. Fedden's first Jupiter and Lucifer radial engines were built here. By 1918 Cosmos, a financial combine, purchased Brazil Straker and aero-engine production was reorganised as Cosmos Engineering Company. The Cosmos parent went bankrupt and Bristol Aeroplane Company took on Fedden to found its Engine Department from the ashes of Cosmos. Parnall & Sons moved into the Lodge Causeway works in 1923. This was the shopfitting firm, not Parnall Aircraft who were at Yate, but during and after the Second World War component parts for many kinds of aircraft were manufactured at Fishponds. Sadly the building was demolished in 1992. This photograph was taken sometime during the 1970s.

Standing in front of the building is Edward L Hickman who as a youngster had been in the Drawing Office at Cosmos in 1918 under Fedden and Butler and who continued with them as a designer at Patchway. This has been confirmed by his family and the previous identification as Jack Milner, a shopfitter with Parnalls, was in error.
PublisherBristol Siddeley
ContributorRolls-Royce Heritage Trust
Creatorcorporatename - Bristol Siddeley
Datecreation - Circa 1977
TypePhotographic prints - Black and White Photograph
Formatdimension.W - 24 mm
dimension.H - 19 mm
SourceRolls-Royce Heritage Trust
CoverageLocation.Creation Site - Fishponds, Bristol
period - Circa 1977
RightsRolls-Royce plc