Last Saturday Opening showing Daventry Businesses Past & Present

Join us on Saturday 2nd April from 10am to 4pm for the last Saturday opening of Daventry Businesses Past & Present.

James & Terry from Ford Motor Company with a Ford Combustion Engine
James & Terry from Ford Motor Company with a Ford Combustion Engine

On display we have a Ford demonstration engine loaned to the museum by Ford Motor Company.  Ford opened up a large national spare parts distribution warehouse on the Royal Oak Industrial Estate in 1968 and still employs over 500 people today.  Taking a year to build, the Ford Parts Distribution Centre (PDC) was the largest single storey building in Europe at 130 acres, and featured in the Guinness Book of Records and the first Trivial Pursuit game as a result.  The site has since been expanded twice in 1972 and 200; it currently has 1.8million square feet of indoor storage space.

The Daventry Ford PDC also housed a thriving Sports and Social club with a full size football and cricket pitch.  Daventry United Football Club, also known as the ‘Motormen’ was founded in 1968 as Ford Sports Daventry and was one of the youngest clubs in the United Counties Football League.

The Henry Ford Academy at Daventry PDC is the national centre of training and excellence for the Ford Dealer Network, the largest Dealer Network in the country.

Make sure you visit the museum to find out how the Ford Combustion Engine works.  You will be able to see other interesting displays on British Timken, Cummins, and The Green Shield Stamp Company, along with smaller businesses including butchers, grocers, hardware stores and pubs, that have changed the face of Daventry over the years.

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