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Frank Churchill collection

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Scope and content

This collection consists of four series: [1] Personal papers and miscellaneous; [2] Durham, Churchill & Co; [3] Foresight Ltd; and [4] Bristol Tramways and Carriage Co, all further described within. Neither the personal papers nor business records are complete as such, but they do offer a good insight into the life and activities of Frank Churchill.

Records creator's history

Frank Churchill's association with the transport industry started in 1900 with Durham, Churchill & Co, builders of the Hallamshire car, and noted for their charabancs. In 1909 he joined J & E Hall Ltd, manufacturers of Hallford commercial vehicles, where he was to become a general manager. Churchill also appears to have been involved in some capacity with Commer Cars Ltd, and the Bristol Tramways and Carriage Co. He took an active interest in the commercial vehicle industry and was a member of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), holding the position of vice-president in 1922, treasurer in 1923, as well as chairing numerous committees. (Source: contemporary records)

Archival history

The collection was formerly held by the National Motor Museum's Reference Library, having been donated by Guy Churchill [presumably Frank Churchill's son] c. 1980.

Processing information

Description created by Thomas Barnes, Jul 2014.

System of arrangement

In the absence of any coherent order and limited documentation, the collection has been arranged into four series, reflecting the focus of the material (itself incomplete). A distinction has been made between personal papers and the various business concerns identified, but the material has otherwise been left as found.

Conditions governing access

Open to researchers, by appointment. For further information, please see: nationalmotormuseum.org.uk/Motoring_research_service

Conditions governing reproduction

Rights to access and re-use digital objects:


Rights to access and re-use archival descriptive information:

Creative Commons Attribution, Non-Commercial, ShareAlike

Please apply to the Archivist if you would like to make any copy of the material.


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Charabancs (motor)
Personal names:Churchill Frank ?1875-1944 commercial vehicle pioneer
Corporate names: Bristol Omnibus Co Ltd, formerly Bristol Tramways and Carriage Co Ltd Durham, Churchill & Co Rotary Road Engines Ltd Foresight Ltd

Language of the material


Records creator

Frank Churchill

Content provider

National Motor Museum Motoring Archives

Digital objects

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GB/307/CHU/1 Personal papers and miscellaneous
GB/307/CHU/2 Durham, Churchill & Co
GB/307/CHU/3 Foresight Ltd
GB/307/CHU/4 Bristol Tramways and Carriage Co