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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:32 pm 
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Whilst DPU is away I’m trying to piece together it’s early history. It was registered new to John Noble of Brook Street Manchester. Initially I thought this was a person but it turns out it was a clothing company. It seems DPU was a company car for the first two years of its life before George bought it in 1966. I’ve tried researching Nobles but have come up with not a lot which is strange as they started in 1896! Anyone have any info on John Noble, Brook Street Mills Manchester? When did they close?

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:07 pm 
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DPU is a Chelmsford number, how did it get registered in Manchester?

Found a bit of info on John Noble

https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/John_Noble_(of_Manchester)


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:15 pm 
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It was pre reserved by FG Smith of Goodmays Essex in a batch of Cowley built cars and registered before being sent up to Manchester.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:24 pm 
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Tim, I think John Noble goes back further than 1896. I've found newspaper references going back to 1875 when they dealt in material from the Manchester mills.
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and this from 1878
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by the 1960s they had become a mail order firm and this is an ad from 1974. I can't find anything later than that.
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It looks as though John Noble had become part of the A & S Henry & Co group by 1971 when that year it was taken over by Great Universal Stores (GUS). John Noble appears to have disappeared by the mid 1970s. More information here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GUS_(retailer)

The question I can't answer is why the company bought the car in the 1960s?


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:28 pm 
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That’s fantastic Graham! Thank you! I’m thinking it may have been a reps car or maybe a lucky secretary?! More likely a pool car maybe?

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:46 pm 
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John Nobel was as a company still existed until November 2000

http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk//compdetails


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:36 pm 
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surfblue63 wrote:
John Nobel was as a company still existed until November 2000

http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk//compdetails

Stuart,I can't get your link to work but this seems to tie in with what you say:

https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/00039708

Tim, I think you are right. It was probably used as a rep's car. This ad from 1960 gives an idea of how the company was set up:
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What I also note from this ad is that it was referred to as the John Noble Organisation.

Going back to 1901 here is a John Noble ad so they were into catalogue sales even back then:
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and this from 1899. Fascinating information on the company!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:44 am 
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Graham

00039708 was the original company registration number from 1893. I found that on the National Archives site but had to do a cached page to get the information, hence why I could not post a link.

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Does anyone know of John Jenkinsons garage in Lancashire? I received this photo of DPU and I think that’s where it was taken maybe following the cars light makeover in the mid 90’s.

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From the rear of the cars. Anyone recognise the other minis?

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