DuringourinitialresearchtherewasavoidintheearlyyearsfromwhenDitchburnboughtthe rightstomanufactureJukeboxesfromtheHawtin’sBrothers…tohowDitchburnfinallyarrived atDockRoadinLytham,asthehomeforthecompany,manyweeksofhardworkbythe DitchburnProjecthasunearthedsomenewandsurprisinginformationaboutDitchburn EquipmentLtd.ManythankstoArthurPhillipsforhisinspirationtolookmoredeeplyintothis, and to find the answers. The Very Start … 1947. Ditchburn Equipment Ltd. Engrs Preston New Road Marton Blackpool. GeoffreyNormanDitchburn…usinghis£10000severancepayfromRoweBrothersin Liverpool,boughttherightsfromtheHawtinBotherstomanufacturetheMusicMakerMK2 JukeBox( AutomaticPhonographasGNDinsisteditbecalled)inDecember1947,hebased thecompanyforthenextfewmonthsattheoriginalworkshopthatHawtin’shadusedtobuild theJukeboxes,onPrestonNewRoad,Marton.nearBlackpoolthisisdocumentedinthe1947 phone book and it shows they both shared the same telephone number.1948. G N Ditchburn Blue Hills Links, Hey Rd, Hoylake. Wirral. GeoffreyNormanDitchburnlivedatHoylakeontheWirral,andwewouldn’tbesurprisedifhewasfindingithardtocommutethe80mileseachway,everydayfromhishometoBlackpool andback,sohedecidedtoopenasalesofficeforhiscompanyclosertohomeandfoundone intheinthecentreofLiverpoolandbytheendof1948thisbecamethenewsalesofficeof Ditchburn Ltd. 1948 - 1952 . Ditchburn Equipment Ltd 19 Old Hall Street Liverpool.ThenewsalesofficeforDitchburnwastobewithinamagnificentbuildingat19OldHallStreet, Liverpool,oncethehomeofthefamouslate1800s“RoyalCafe”thiswastobeDitchburn’s sales home for the next few years. The Royal Cafe, 19 Old Hall St. from 1888. 19 Old Hall St as it is in 20191952. Ditchburn Equipment Engineers Ltd, Freckleton St ,Lytham, Lancashire. Itwasatthebeginningof1952asthe5yearagreementwithfrankHawtintousehisfactory wasabouttoexpire,thatDitchburndecidedtomovehisgrowingoperationfromBlackpool back to the quiet area of the Fylde Coast, 1953. Ditchburn Equipment Ltd (Sales) 17 Morefields Liverpool.GNDdecidedtomovethesalesofficefrom19Hallstreetto17MorefieldsLiverpool,andthen began the planning of opening a London Depot which didn’t actually open until late1953. The new Liverpool sales office in 19531954. Ditchburn Equipment Ltd (Engrs), Dock Road Lytham.By1954DitchburnhadoutgrowntheFreckletonStfactory,anditwasdecidedtomove everythingovertheoldLythamLaundryonDockRoad,theFreckletonStfactorywasnotsold andwouldbelaterutilisedwhenthecompanygrewyetagain.Itwasalsoduringthisyearthat Ditchburn opened their sales office at Terminal House in the Centre of London. 1955. Ditchburn Equipment Ltd 202 Garscube Road Glasgow.TheDitchburncompanywasmovingatarapidpaceandmoremachineswerebeingoperated acrossthewholeofUK,soitwasfeltnecessarytohaveadepotinScotlandtocoverthe northern regions.It was about this time in 1956 that the Freckleton factory was also back in use by Ditchburn Everything stayed this way through to 1958 when another service depot was then required 1958 Ditchburn Equipment Music Makers 161 Horseley Heath Tipton Midlands. The West Midlands Service Depot 1959. Ditchburn Equipment Ltd 47 Bank St Glasgow The Glasgow office moves into a shop premises on Bank St which would be its home for the next 9 years it would eventually move but not far away.The Glasgow Ditchburn office as it is now in 2019
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Liverpool phone directory 1949
Liverpool phone directory 1950
Liverpool phone directory 1951
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