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 was a large engineering company making road rollers, motorgraders, front loaders, sitedumpers, dump trucks and articulated dumptrucks or ADTs in Grantham, Lincolnshire. In its time, it was an internationally known company.
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. 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.
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Ruston and Hornsby It had a dramatic formation, and was established by people not new to its field of engineering. It was formed in February 1934 when Aveling and Porter of Rochester, Kent effectively went bankrupt, when the parent company Agricultural & General Engineers (AGE) went into receivership in 1932. At the same time Barford & Perkins (related to today's Perkins Engines) of Peterborough were also entering administration. Frank Perkins worked for his family company of Barford & Perkins, and also Aveling and Porter. These two companies were Britain's two leading manufacturers of road rollers.
Aveling Barford dump truck Aveling & Porter Ltd had been formed in 1850, becoming a public company on 16 July 1895, then a private company in 1919, and acquired the assets of Barford & Perkins Ltd in 1932, which had been formed in 1840. The name changed to Aveling-Barford on 13 February 1934. Early in 1934 the business was transferred from Rochester to Grantham on a 36-acre site which was leased from R & H. On the board of directors were Edward James Barford and William Geoffrey Barford (from Barford & Perkins), and John Heinrich Wulff Pawlyn, a Director of R & H based at the Ransomes subsidiary in Ipswich, and George Ruston Sharpley, the managing director of R & H.
Without the financial assistance of Ruston & Hornsby of Lincoln, both companies would not have survived. R & H funded the amalgamation of the two companies, and gave them part of their Grantham site. For many years all the vehicles were powered by R & H diesel engines. R & H had also previously made road rollers, but concentrated this all at Grantham.
Public company In the 1930s it made cooling equipment for dairy farms, and cooking equipment for hotels, hospitals, and canteens. It became a public company on 29 June 1937. At this time it claimed to make 75% of the road rollers in Britain, and world leaders in their field.
Edward Barford (23 April 1898 – 11 July 1979) became the Chairman of the company from 1933, remaining until 1968. It began making its first earth moving equipment – the Aveling Dumper.
During the Second World War the company made Bren Gun Carriers, shell fuse caps and the Loyd Carrier.
The company also made calfdozers (small bulldozers). From April 1946 two subsidiary companies were formed – Barford Developments Ltd and Barford (Agricultural) Ltd. On 17 September 1946 a new factory in Newcastle upon Tyne was opened.
Invicta logo of the company – borrowed from Kent British Leyland In 1967 it became part of British Leyland. British Leyland engines were to be used as part of the deal, but there were reliability problems.
Products Aveling-Barford were best known for their line of three-point roadrollers including the small GA up to the GC, The "Master Pavior" 3-point roller was one of the most famous diesel rollers. However many other types of earthmoving machinery were designed and manufactured by Aveling Barford in England.
A-B were also significant for their all wheel driven and all wheel steering motor graders often using Leyland Trucks running gear as were also producers of ADT models called the RDX Series with 6X6. A line of rigid dumpers was manufactured from 30 tonne RD030 through to the 50 tonne RD050 and eventually a RD55 and RD65 were added.
A new dumptruck the RD44 was unveiled at Bauma to try and rejuvenate the line of dumptrucks but with limited success
During the 1970s to the 1980s A-B were producing their own range of front loaders with 4X4 axles and are fitted with Cummins, Leyland or Ford heavy duty diesel engines. They resembled the popular British made BRAY or FORD loader models of the 1980s.
Site dumpers were first mass manufactured by A-B in the 1940s mostly with Fordson Tractor Diesel engines. Today these are still made and sold under the Barford name.
Modern day incarnation The site was bought by Wordsworth Holdings in 1988, who went into administration in 2010. Barfords is now owned by Invictas Engineering.
Update: 12 October 2015 Invictas Engineering sold the Supply of parts to Shellplant www.shellplant.co.uk
In 2006 Singapore-based ST Kinetics bought the rights to the Aveling Barford RXD series articulated dumptrucks, which are now sold under the TRX Build brand.
In August 2007 Moxy Engineering of Norway announced plans to buy the intellectual property rights of the Barford rigid dump truck range.
In 2008 Moxy was purchased by the South Korean Doosan (formerly Daewoo), and renamed to Doosan Moxy As and later Doosan Infracore Norway AS. The project was later cancelled and the prototype of the new range earlier presented at Bauma in 2007 was scrapped.
Barfords' sports field is still in existence, called Arnoldfield, in Gonerby Hill Foot.
In October 2012 Gravity FM, Grantham's community radio station produced a tribute in words and music to Aveling Barford, on sale to raise funds to support the running costs of the station.
GRACES GUIDE PAGES AVELING BARFORD of Invicta Works, Grantham Lincolnshire (Manufacturers of original Roadrollers, Sitedumpers, Motorgraders, Bulldozers, Concrete mixers and Dumptrucks)
1932 AGE - Agricultural and General Engineers went into receivership and Aveling and Porter acquired the assets of Barford and Perkins
1934 They changed their name to Aveling-Barford.
Early in 1934 the business was transferred from Rochester to Grantham on a 36 acre site which was leased from Ruston and Hornsby, a Director of R & H based at the Ransomes subsidiary in Ipswich, and George Ruston Sharpley,
1937 Became a public company to raise £320,000 and on the board of directors were Edward James Barford, William Geoffrey Barford (from Barford and Perkins) and John Heinrich Wulff Pawlyn also a director of Ruston and Hornsby based at the Ransomes subsidiary in Ipswich and George Ruston Sharpley, the managing director of Ruston and Hornsby.
Without the financial assistance of Ruston & Hornsby of Lincoln, both Aveling and Porter and Barford and Perkins would not have survived. Ruston and Hornsby funded the amalgamation of the two companies, and gave them part of their Grantham site. For many years all the vehicles were powered by R & H diesel engines. R & H had also previously made road rollers, but concentrated this all at Grantham.
1937 The firm claim they make 75% of all rollers in the UK at present. 
1937 Road and aerodrome roller manufacturers. "Invicta" Rollers. "Pioneer" Rollers. 
WWII During the war the company built bren gun carriers for the army, shell fuse caps and various precision-made components for tanks and submarines.
Agricultural Land Drainage Machine: When, during the war, the Ministry of Agriculture instituted the land reclamation scheme, Aveling-Barford brought into being the “Barford” Agricultural Drainage Machine which mechanised trench cutting for the laying of drainage tiles. Designed to work in conjunction with a Fordson tractor to which it is secured, it derives operating power from the tractor power take-off shaft.The essential feature of the machine is a six-bladed rotor which initially digs its way into the earth and opens up the trench as the machine moves along. The complete unit is self-hauled by winding-in on to a ratchet-operated drum a steel cable anchored ahead and in line with the trench. Cutting speed can be varied to suit soil conditions, but up to six feet per minute is possible.
1946 Formed Barford (Agricultural) Ltd as a subsidiary company to take over the manufacture and sale of the dairy, agricultural and horticultural equipment, as well as the Barford ranges of steam cooking equipment for farm stock food, diary farm sterilizers, boilers, bottle washing and filling machines, a drainage trench cutter, and the “Atom” multi-purpose horticultural tractor.
Also formed Barford Developments Ltd, to develop new products. An additional factory was acquired in Newcastle on Tyne where a range of the lighter products would be made.
c.1953 New factory opened at Belton
1954 Acquired Goodwin Barsby and Co
c.1960 Barfords of Belton was producing the lighter ranges of agricultural equipment and the Atom tractor.
1960 Advert for dumpers and graders. Goodwin Barsby and Co was a subsidiary
1960 The Aveling-Barford Group of Companies included:
Aveling-Barford Ltd. of Grantham, incorp. Aveling and Porter Ltd and Barford and Perkins Ltd. Barfords of Belton Ltd of Belton, Grantham. Goodwin Barsby and Co Ltd. of Leicester. Societe Anonyme Aveling-Barford of Paris. Aveling-Barford Africa (Pty) Ltd. of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Salisbury. E. W. Gray (Pty) Ltd. of Johannesburg. E. W. Gray's Properties (Pty) Ltd., of Johannesburg. Aveling-Barford Venezuela C.A. of Caracas. Aveling-Barford Canada Ltd. of Toronto. Aveling-Barford Australia Pty Ltd. of Sydney. 1960s Aveling-Barford continued to prosper in the immediate postwar period, but the 1960s and 1970s were difficult decades for the firm. The workforce was slashed and the company's range of products was dramatically reduced.
1961 Group manufacture road rollers, dumpers, motor graders, calfdozers, trench cutters, shovels, road, quarry, gravel and contractors' plant, diary sterilising and pasteurising equipment, agricultural, horticultural and drainage implements, concrete mixers, and small dumpers. 
The Dumptruck rights were given to Moxy (of Norway), who were taken over by Doosan (of South Korea), and never made any of the A-B machines.
1967 Acquired by Leyland Motor Corporation
1968 After the merger with British Motor Corporation, British Leyland engines were to be used but there were reliability problems.
1983 Privatised from BL
Aveling-Barford became part of Wordsworth Holdings, which bought the firm in 1988. (Duncan Wordsworth bought and owned the company and did well to keep it going under limited resources until it sadly went into liquidation in 2010.)Invictas Engineering occupy the old Aveling Barford site.
The records of Aveling-Barford include build records, product catalogues, photographs and engineering plans. Many of the records date from before the 1934 merger and therefore relate to the two constituent companies. Most of this information is now held by Lincolnshire Archives.
- Calfdozer (compact dozer used by railways for back filling)
Photos of Calf dozers _ http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/Calfdozer2
- Off Highway Rigid Dump Trucks
- Articulated Dump Trucks
- Road Rollers
- Motor Graders
- Site Dumpers - Production transferred to Barford
- Wheel Loaders
Steam Road Roller Model RangeEdit
- Type W
- Type R
- Type T
Preserved Steam Rollers Edit
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|Engine No.||Name||Build Date||Type||Weight||Size / Power nhp||Reg No.||Owner||Image||Other info|
|Talisman||1937||W Type RR||10 ton||6 nhp||CPT 233||owner ?||
||earliest known surviving A-B roller|
|Aveling-Barford AC604||Patricia||1937||W Type RR||10 Ton||6 hp||CPT 235||Photos on Geocities|| ex Durham CC |
At Astwoodbank 2008
|Kim||1937||W Type||10 ton||6 nhp||DTM 537||owner >?||At Preston Services yard|
|Prince of Wales||1937||W Type RR||10 ton||6 hp||DTM 538|
|Dunelia||1937||RR Type T||? ton||6 nhp||CPT 236||owner >?||
|Aveling-Barford AD610||Talisman||-||RR||-||-||-||-||-||Plate is on Aveling-Barford AC601|
|Lady Helen||1937||R Type RR||6 Ton||4 hp||GMK 939||Will Childs||At Essex Country Show 2009|
|n/a||1938||R Type RR||6 Ton||4 hp||CVC 979||?, Warwick||At Bloxham Steam Rally 2009|
|Patricia / Westmorland Star||1938||W Type RR||10 ton||6 nhp||CUP 396||owner >?||
|Aveling-Barford AD670||Violet||1938||DX type Motor roller||6 ton||-||TL 8524||Museum of Lincolnshire Life||
|Aveling-Barford AE576||1938||Motor Roller||? ton|| ? nhp|
Ruston Hornsby engine
|ECT 113||owner >?||At Ashby Magna 2010|
|n/a||1943||W Type RR||10 Ton||6 hp||DTM 540||G. Smith|| Lincoln & Others 2008 |
(ex Eddison No.109)
|Linda||1947||R Type RR||6 Ton||4 hp||FRM 976||At Haddenham Vintage Festival 2010|
|Gisela||1946||R Type RR||6 Ton||4 hp||FRM 973||At Amberley Museum||
|Old Nick||1946||Type N RR||6 ton||4 nhp||BTL 810||owner ?||
|Judith||1946||Type T||8 ton||5 nhp||MRF 245||owner >?||
|-||1947||Type W||10 ton||6 nhp||-||Exported to Germany||
|Omega||1948||Type W||10 ton||6 nhp||JXH 174||owner >?, Chatham||
|Terras / Linda||1947||Type T||8 ton||5 nhp||CTL 225||Beamish Museum||
|1947||Type T||8 ton||5 nhp||CTL 226||owner >?,Wales||
|1947||Type T||8 ton||4 nhp||n/a||owner >?, Germany||
||Exported to Germany in/before 1996|
|Annie||1947||T Type RR||8 ton||5 hp||CTL 227||owner ?, Nuneaton||
|1948||RR Type T||8 ton||5 nhp||ECT 352||Welsh museums service, Cardiff||
||In Storage at Nantgarw Collections Centre|
|Sarah||1950||T Type RR||8 Ton||5 hp||JRM 966||owner ?, March Cambs||at Holbeach Vintage Show 2017|
|Aveling-Barford GN2506||-||Year ?||Motor Roller||? ton||? nhp||Reg no. ?||Plant Hire Kilkhampton , Cornwall||
|Year||Type||? ton||? nhp||Reg no. ?||owner >?||
|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
- A series - A Perkins powered Motor Roller derived from the Barford & Perkins designs
- Avelling-Barford PH4 - 4 ton roller built for Ministry of supply in 1944 - 89 built
- DX series - launched 1936
- DX3 - 3.5 ton
- DX4 - 4 ton
- DX5 - 5 ton
- DX6 - 6 ton
- DX7 - 7 ton
- DX8 - 8 ton
- G series (Know as the 'Grantham' series) launched 1946
- GA 5/6
- GH - Smallest Grantham series roller BSA 320 cc air colled engine
- DC series - 1980's ?
- PM series - Pneumatic tyre roller
- PR compactor A pneumatic tired Multi-wheeled compactor/roller range built from 1960s
- PR1 - 1960
- PR2 - 1968
- PR20 - 1971 Hydrostatic drive version.
- AB Master Pavior - 1965
- TR 3 - Link to parts manual:- http://www.instruction-manuals.co.uk/category/vans/TR3.htm
- Aveling-Barford Vibra - pedestrian rollers
- Aveling-Barford Vibra Victor a ride on derived from the pedestrian roller.
Preserved Diesel (Motor) RollersEdit
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.
- Barford & Perkins TH-D 10 ton of 1928
- A 2½ Ton of 1932 sn No. AB556 - http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMJ16
- ? Type of 193? sn no. AD117 of IL'SON CRUSHERS
- DX Type of 1938 sn No. AD159 - http://www.geocities.com/ff4913/dxcrane.html
- DX8 of 1938 sn no. AD155 - reg no. TL 7540
- DX8 of 1941 sn no. AE576 - reg no. ECT 113
- A 2.5 ton roller of sn no. AE962 - reg no. TTJ 700 at Essex Country Show 2009
- A DX8 8 Ton roller of 1941 sn. AF122 - reg no. TSV 505 - from the Walton Hall Collection seen at the Essex Country Show 2009
- GH nos. 112 & 118 are preserved in the Walton Hall Collection in Essex.
- GN s s/n 2354 (at Threkeld Mining museum Cumbria), as part of the VET collection.
Tandem Roller Model RangeEdit
Vibratory Compactor Model RangeEdit
Articulated Dump Truck Model RangeEdit
Off Highway Rigid Dump Truck Model RangeEdit
- Aveling-Barford SL340
- Aveling-Barford SY7 - Post war rigid dump truck
- Aveling-Barford SY4 - With two-way steering and controls
- Aveling-Barford SY6 - With two-way steering and controls
- Aveling-Barford SN range - post war range of HD trucks built in the mining and motorway building boom of the 1950/60s
- Aveling-Barford Centaur 50 - from the 1960s/70 ?
- Aveling-Barford RD 017 - 17 ton capacity
- Aveling-Barford RD 025
- Aveling-Barford RD 030
- Aveling-Barford RD 040
- Aveling-Barford RD 050
- Aveling-Barford RD30
- Aveling-Barford RD40
- Aveling-Barford RD44
- Aveling-Barford RD50
- Aveling-Barford RD55
- Aveling-Barford RD65
- Aveling-Barford RD 085 - 85 ton capacity 1981 (only Prototype built before Co. Collapsed)
- Aveling-Barford RD 150
- Aveling-Barford RD 255
- Aveling-Barford RD 250
Motorgrader Model Range Edit
- Aveling-Barford LG3
- Aveling-Barford MG / MGH
- Aveling-Barford MG4
- Aveling-Barford MT
- Aveling-Barford Super MG
- Aveling-Barford ASG013
- Aveling-Barford ASG018
- Aveling-Barford ASG021
- Aveling-Barford ASG18
- Aveling-Barford ASG113
- Aveling-Barford Super 400
- Aveling-Barford Super 500
- Aveling-Barford Super 600
- Aveling-Barford Super 700
- Aveling-Barford TG012
- Aveling-Barford TG12
- Aveling-Barford TG14
- Aveling-Barford TG114
=Wheel Loader Model Range Edit
- Aveling Barford TS 200 (Rear Steer)
- Aveling Barford TS 230 (Rear Stear)
- Aveling Barford TS 250 (Rear Steer)
- Aveling Barford TS 350 (Rear Steer)
- Aveling-Barford TS50O0P (Pivot Steer)
- Aveling-Barford WXL012 (Pivot Steer)
- Aveling-Barford WXL017 (Pivot Steer)
- Aveling-Barford WXL024 (Pivot Steer)
Aveling-Austin Grader Model Range Edit
- Aveling-Austin 99H - 1940s built Grader line
- Aveling-Austin 99H/400
- Aveling-Austin Super 500
- Aveling-Austin Super Heavy 500
Preserved Other MachinesEdit
- An ex War Department Grader is in the S.E. Davis & Son Ltd. Collection.
- And the Vintage Excavator Trust (VET) collection has an Aveling-Barford dump truck as well as a similar size machine from competitor Terex, built at Motherwell.
- AGE Engineering combine formed in the 1920s. Avelings was a member of group till it went bust
- Aveling & Porter
- Aveling Marshall
- Barford & Perkins
- Goodwin, Barsby & Co.
- Road Roller Association for collectors of road rollers.
References / sourcesEdit
- Article on Aveling and Porter
- Classic Plant & Machinery Magazine
- Old Glory Magazine
- Reference: - steam scene website
- Model steam rollers engines http://www.forest-classics.co.uk/aveleing_and_porter_road_tractor.htm
- Aveling-Barford in Argentina