Hepworth & Grandage

Operated from 1907 to 1995

Main Base – Bradford

Founder/Director – Unknown

Since the early-20th century, Hepworth & Grandage has been one of Britain’s foremost manufacturers of piston rings and other replaceable engine parts for both aeronautical and automotive applications and as such, became a major supplier to the Ministry of Aircraft during the Second World War. In 1947, H&G along with two other British companies were merged into the Associated Engine Group although all would retain their names. By the early-60s, H&G were producing turbine blades while in 1973 gas turbine component manufacturer Cannon & Stokes became part of the company, expanding its range of product considerably. As of 1995, the A.E. Group became part of Federal Mogal. Southend visits were admittedly not as common as those of other engineering companies such as Mitchell or Woods of Colchester, but came in fits and starts from around 1960 to 1964.


Hepworth & Grandage fleet from 1960 to 1964

De Havilland D.H.104 Dove

G-AOVY* – 7/60 to 2/64

Sold to Keegan Aviation


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