Boulton and Paul Ltd; ? 1906-? 1990; structural engineers; Norwich, Norfolk

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Boulton and Paul Ltd; ? 1906-? 1990; structural engineers; Norwich, Norfolk

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? 1906-? 1990


The company's origins date back to an ironmonger's shop founded in 1797 in Norwich by William Moore. Later partners in the firm were John Barnard, William Boulton and Joseph Paul. By the early twentieth century, Boulton and Paul Ltd was a successful general manufacturing firm, based in Rose Lane, Norwich.
In the First World War, Boulton and Paul began to construct aircraft , and in 1916, much of the business was transferred to a new site, the Riverside Works. The aircraft building business was sold off in 1934 and moved to Wolverhampton under the name Boulton Paul Aircraft Ltd. During the Second World War, Boulton and Paul was a major producer of prefabricated buildings, wire netting and wooden sub-assemblies of aircraft. As a result, the Riverside premises were the target for bombers, and several of the buildings were destroyed in 1940.
The 'Sidestrand' and the 'Overstrand' were twin-engined all-metal biplane bombers produced by Boulton and Paul Ltd after the First World War.


Norwich, Norfolk

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Created on: 27/01/2003 by Drojd




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