Aveling-Barford brass makers plate

Aveling-Barfoed brass manufacturers plate on a roller

Aveling-Barford was formed In 1934, by Aveling & Porter merging with Barford & Perkins. The current owners of the Aveling-Barford name Wordsworth Holdings went into administration in early 2010.


Aveling-Barford dump truck

Old Aveling-Barford Dump truck in VET collection at Threlkeld Quarry, 2008

Aveling-Barford Grader

Aveling-Barford Grader in S.E. Davis & Son Ltd. collection 2008

Calfdozer at Belvoir 2008

Aveling-Barford Calfdozer at Belvoir Castle show 2008

The company was formed by the merger of two famous firms, following the collapse of the AGE group. After World War II the company continued to make motor and steam rollers as well as expanding into other construction equipment. They were still building stem rollers in 1945, with some being produced at the Vickers factory in Newcastle. In 1946 they introduced the G series of Diesel rollers, which had been designed pre war. This was followed by the Aveling Austin 99H Grader, (licensed from an American design). The Shuttle dumper was a popular product as well, with a lot exported to india in 1963.

They moved into building Loading shovels as well, with a range of 8 models from 1.0 cuM to 3.8 cuM. Also building the PM model pneumatic roller, as well as other small plant for a time.

In 1967 they became a part of the British Leyland groups special projects.[1] Aveling-Barford was part of the Thomson group of companies, which also includes Moxy articulated dump trucks for a period in the 1980s. Under Leyland ownership Marshalls road roller interests were merged with Aveling-Barford's and Renamed as Aveling Marshall. the Aveling-Barford division concentrating on Dump trucks and Graders. The firm of Goodwin, Barsby & Co. of Leicester was also part of the group at one stage. They manufactures Concrete mixers, tar macadam plant and latter became known for quarry stone crushing equipment.

The Aveling-Barford name and some of its products passed from the Thomson group to an investment company called Wordsworth Holdings that owned several engineering firms and operated from part of the Aveling-Barford works in Grantham. The company built the Barford range of site dumpers.

In early 2010 Wordsworth Holdings called in the administrators as a victim of the construction recession and the banking crisis.[citation (source) needed] Wordsworth also owned the Fruehauf trailer brand in the UK.

Barfords & Barfords of BeltonEdit

Main article: Barfords

The Old Aveling-Barford factory in Grantham is now occupied in part by Barfords Dumpers a division of Wordsworth Holdings Group. Barfords originally split off from Aveling-Barford in the 1950 to build the Site dumpers which they still build and the dairy equipment business at the Belton factory, as Barfords (Agriculture) Ltd. the name later changed to Barfords of Belton Ltd. Following the demise of AB in 1988, Duncan Wordsworth purchased the rights to the Aveling-Barford name and some of the products along with the factory. They now build some of the RD range of Dump trucks to order and refurbish older machines, as well as manufacturing the Barford site Dumper line at the Grantham factory. (see Barfords for details of line up).


Some early Aveling-Barford machines and the former Barford & Perkins company used engines by Peter Brotherhood Ltd the manufacturer of Peterbro tractors, and a supplier to Coventry Simplex Co. and Fowler of Leeds for early tanks. As part of the rescue from AGE, part funded by Ruston & Hornsby the firm moved to Ruston's former factory site in Grantham and had to buy certain parts like castings and engines from them. Ruston & Hornsby engines were used for a number of years mainly in the rollers. Ruston & Hornsby also built rollers but withdrew from this market as part of the deal, as they switched production to Lincoln and concentrated on Excavators, cranes and Engine building.

Later machines used Lister Petter engines in the rollers. And in in the Leyland era there was a attempt to move to using Leylands own engines in the dump trucks and other machines but reliability problems hampered this.

In the 1950s Avelings built graders under license from the American Austin Western company and they were sold under the Aveling-Austin brand name.

Construction PlantEdit

Aveling-Barford PB dumper at Lincoln 08 - DSC00023

A restored Aveling-Barford PB dumper

  • Calfdozer (compact dozer used by railways for back filling)[1]

Photos of Calf dozers _

  • Off Highway Rigid Dump Trucks
  • Articulated Dump Trucks
  • Bulldozer
  • Road Rollers
  • Motor Graders
  • Site Dumpers - Production transferred to Barford
  • Wheel Loaders

Model RangeEdit

Steam Road Roller Model RangeEdit

  • Type W
  • Type R
  • Type T

Preserved Steam Rollers Edit

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Preserved machines built by Aveling-Barford (TER lists 20 Steam rollers in UK)
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Engine No. Name Build Date Type Weight Size / Power nhp Reg No. Owner Image Other info
Aveling-Barford AC601 Talisman 1937 W Type RR 10 ton 6 nhp CPT 233 owner ? Image needed LHB

earliest known surviving A-B roller
Aveling-Barford AC604 Patricia 1937 W Type RR 10 Ton 6 hp CPT 235 Photos on Geocities Aveling-Barford AC604 SR Patricia - CPT 235 at Astwoodbank 08 - P6150175 ex Durham CC
At Astwoodbank 2008
Aveling-Barford AC605 Kim 1937 W Type 10 ton 6 nhp DTM 537 owner >? Aveling-Barford AC605 - roller - DTM 537 at Preston Services - IMG 2804 At Preston Services yard
Aveling-Barford AC606 Prince of Wales 1937 W Type RR 10 ton 6 hp DTM 538 Image needed LHB
Aveling-Barford AC607 Dunelia 1937 RR Type T  ? ton 6 nhp CPT 236 owner >? Image needed LHB

Aveling-Barford AD610 Talisman - RR - - - - - Plate is on Aveling-Barford AC601
Aveling-Barford AC621 Lady Helen 1937 R Type RR 6 Ton 4 hp GMK 939 Will Childs Aveling-Barford AC621 RR Lady Helen - GMK 939 at Barleylands 09 - IMG 8336 At Essex Country Show 2009
Aveling-Barford AC624 n/a 1938 R Type RR 6 Ton 4 hp CVC 979  ?, Warwick Aveling-Barford no AC624 Steam Roller reg CVC 979 ar Bloxham 09 - IMG 5906 At Bloxham Steam Rally 2009
Aveling-Barford AD073 Patricia / Westmorland Star 1938 W Type RR 10 ton 6 nhp CUP 396 owner >? Image needed LHB

Aveling-Barford AD670 Violet 1938 DX type Motor roller 6 ton - TL 8524 Museum of Lincolnshire Life Image needed LHB

Aveling-Barford AE576 1938 Motor Roller  ? ton  ? nhp
Ruston Hornsby engine
ECT 113 owner >? Aveling-Barford AE 576 type DX - ECT 113 - at Ashby Magna 2010 - IMG 0766 At Ashby Magna 2010
Aveling-Barford AE998 n/a 1943 W Type RR 10 Ton 6 hp DTM 540 G. Smith Aveling Barford no AE998 Roller No 109 reg DTM 540 at Elvaston 09 - IMG 6688 Lincoln & Others 2008
(ex Eddison No.109)
Aveling-Barford AG757 Linda 1947 R Type RR 6 Ton 4 hp FRM 976 Aveling-Barford AG757 - RR -FRM960 at Haddenham 2010 - IMG 0765 At Haddenham Vintage Festival 2010
Aveling-Barford AG758 Gisela 1946 R Type RR 6 Ton 4 hp FRM 973 At Amberley Museum Image needed LHB

Aveling-Barford AG760 Old Nick 1946 Type N RR 6 ton 4 nhp BTL 810 owner ? Image needed LHB

Aveling-Barford AG785 Judith 1946 Type T 8 ton 5 nhp MRF 245 owner >? Image needed LHB

Aveling-Barford AG876 - 1947 Type W 10 ton 6 nhp - Exported to Germany Image needed LHB

Aveling-Barford AH162 Omega 1948 Type W 10 ton 6 nhp JXH 174 owner >?, Chatham Image needed LHB

Aveling-Barford AH363 Terras / Linda 1947 Type T 8 ton 5 nhp CTL 225 Beamish Museum Image needed LHB

Aveling-Barford AH365 1947 Type T 8 ton 5 nhp CTL 226 owner >?,Wales Image needed LHB

Aveling-Barford AH367 1947 Type T 8 ton 4 nhp n/a owner >?, Germany Image needed LHB

Exported to Germany in/before 1996
Aveling-Barford AH392 Annie 1947 T Type RR 8 ton 5 hp CTL 227 owner ?, Nuneaton Image needed LHB

Aveling-Barford AH412 1948 RR Type T 8 ton 5 nhp ECT 352 Welsh museums service, Cardiff Image needed LHB

In Storage at Nantgarw Collections Centre
Aveling-Barford AH425 Sarah 1950 T Type RR 8 Ton 5 hp JRM 966 owner ?, March Cambs Aveling-Barford AH425 - RR - Sarah - (JRM 966) at Holbeach 2017 - IMG 7541 at Holbeach Vintage Show 2017
Aveling-Barford GN2506 - Year ? Motor Roller  ? ton  ? nhp Reg no. ? Plant Hire Kilkhampton , Cornwall Image needed LHB

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Aveling-Barford ? Year Type  ? ton  ? nhp Reg no. ? owner >? Image needed LHB

Machine types Key: SW = Steam Wagon, PE = Portable engine, Plg = Ploughing Engine, RR = Road Roller, SM = Showmans engine, ST= Steam tractor, TE = Traction Engine

Diesel Roller ModelsEdit

Aveling Barford

Aveling Barford GH ride-on pavement roller from cira 1950

Preserved Diesel (Motor) RollersEdit

Aveling-Barford AD117 of Ilson crushers at Belvoir 2010 - IMG 2830

IL'SON CRUSHERS motor roller used for demonstration road building at shows

The Road Roller Association's Motor Roller Register lists circa. 150 Aveling-Barford motor rollers that are known to survive, but very few are seen at shows, with a few in museums, but most are awaiting restoration.

Aveling Barford GN roller 2354

GN Roller

Tandem Roller Model RangeEdit

Aveling-Barford TDC Series

Vibratory Compactor Model RangeEdit

Aveling-Barford Compactor at SE Davis 11 IMG 9216

Aveling-Barford Compactor in SE Davis & Son yard (actual model no unknown)

Articulated Dump Truck Model RangeEdit

Off Highway Rigid Dump Truck Model RangeEdit

Aveling Barford dumper advert - BTJ - GG - Im194603

Aveling-Barford 3 cuyd site dumper advert from 1946

Motorgrader Model Range Edit

Aveling-Barford grader at SE Davis 11 - IMG 9136

Aveling-Barford Motor Grader ASG 021 model

Aveling-Barford grader at SE Davis 11 - IMG 9137

Aveling-Barford Motor grader with rear ripper

=Wheel Loader Model Range Edit

Aveling-Austin Grader Model Range Edit

Aveling-Austin SG510 grader - IMG 4947

Miscellaneous MachinesEdit

Preserved Other MachinesEdit

See alsoEdit

References / sourcesEdit

  1. The rise & fall of Aveling-Barford, 1933-88, ISBN 0-906338-16-6

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