Rolls-Royce

Posted on by Hannah Waugh

In 1884 Henry Royce started an electronic and medicinal business, he made his first car (a two-cylinder Royce 10) in his factory in Manchester in 1904 later in that year we was introduced to Charles Rolls at the Midland Hotel and an agreement was agreed that Royce limited would manufacture a range a cars to be sold exclusively to car dealership CS Rolls & Co. and they were to bare the name Rolls-Royce.

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The Manchester Midland Hotel was the meeting place of Charles Stewart Rolls and Sir Frederick Henry Royce

The success of the cars led to the formation of the Rolls-Royce company in March 1906 and they launched the six-cylinder Silver Ghost which has been named “the best car in the world”. Toward the start of the of First World War, Royce designed his first aero-engine – The Eagle – that powered the first direct transatlantic flight from England to Australia. You can read more on their history here.

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The Manchester Midland Hotel was the meeting place of Charles Stewart Rolls and Henry Royce in 1904

 The 1.5m stainless steel sculpture, Temple, stands on the site of the original Rolls Royce factory. George Wyllie was a Scottish artist, during this lifetime he created a number of notable public works and this is one of them, the iconic Rolls-Royce design and its Spirt of Ecstasy, Mr Wyllie, 87, said: “Temple is a visual pat on the back for the people of Manchester.” Hulme was the location of the first Rolls Royce workshop, even though production soon moved to Derby the Silver Ghost was designed and produced in Hulme. 

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The Temple 2000 statue in Hulme Park

Rolls-Royce car automobile hotel Manchester landmark hulme park

The Temple 2000 statue in Hulme Park

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