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  • Thomas Harrington Coachworks - TH coachwork
    coachwork produced by Thomas Harrington of Hove Sussex This site also includes details of coaches in the TH Collection The sedan chair takes you everywhere Click to travel Contact Web

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  • Harrington Coachworks Entrance Hall
    to 1951 Light weight Coachwork 1946 to 1959 Harrington Wayfarer 1951 to 1960 Harrington Crusader 1959 to 1966 Harrington Cavalier Grenadier 1959 to 1966 Harrington Legionnaire 1963 to 1966 Miniature Coaches Harrington vehicles in preservation Data list and photographs Harrington

    Original URL path: http://www.thcoachwork.co.uk/entrance.html (2016-04-25)
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  • Harrington Coachwork change and update log
    error in preserved list PCK 618 requires interior to complete restoration not TCK 726 as previously written 16 03 2008 Update to preserved list GDM 494 and 750 DCD are for sale together with the rest of Classique fleet This is not unexpected 23 12 2007 Photograph added for KYD 151 and YDK 590 16 12 2007 Photograph added for 570 EFJ 15 12 2007 Updated picture of CYD 724C 15 11 2007 Changed site visit counter to Statcounter com due to previous counter Webstats utilising pop up advertising 21 10 2007 Grenadier BOF 859C removed from preserved list as it is reported sent for scrap Attempts to locate scrapyard failed 20 09 2007 Cavalier 477 AOP New owner 23 08 2007 Cavalier 477 AOP Ebay bids went to 7100 did not make reserve Available for sale from owner at 15k 14 08 2007 Wayfarer IV 417 FKL has changed hands was with travellers New owner may restore or might consider px for alternative Cavalier 477 AOP Relisted on Ebay Auction ends 23rd August 13 08 2007 Cavalier 477 AOP Ebay bids went to 5100 did not make reserve Available for sale from owner at 15k 01 08 2007 Cavalier 477 AOP Relisted on Ebay Auction ends 11th August Noted in Preserved list 27 07 2007 Cavalier 477 AOP Ebay bids went to 9300 did not make reserve Noted in Preserved list 26 07 2007 Grenadier FUU 84C changed hands privately in June following Ebay auction during May reserve not met Outside storage 20 07 2007 Cavalier 477 AOP for sale on Ebay Item number 290139919822 ending 26th July Noted in Preserved list 15 06 2007 More photos added to The 2007 Harrington Gathering gallery Thanks Geoff Norris Stuart Neale 12 06 2007 Photo gallery added for The 2007 Harrington Gathering 11 06 2007 Photographs added for HVJ 583 2722 CD and NYV 435 Revised layout to preserved list to show pre war vehicles first Additional text photographs for VRF 372 in TH Collection 03 06 2007 Photograph added for 477 GFR 01 06 2007 KTC 330C New owner Text on KTC 330C page revised 28 05 2007 Photographs added for EYA 923 and VHO 200 23 05 2007 Photographs added for KTC 330C for sale on eBay 23 05 2007 Photograph added for BVO 9C 20 05 2007 Photograph added for 900 SAF TUH 7 and 824 BWN Preserved listing update on FUU 84B sold 18 05 2007 Large new section added TH Collection 09 05 2007 Photo added for PPF 492 30 04 2007 Changes to Cavalier and Grenadier page again with new text and photographs 25 04 2007 Changes to Cavalier and Grenadier page with new text and additional photographs 24 04 2007 Additional photo for 6692 KH 22 04 2007 Revision to preserved listings DUF 179 has changed hands 23 03 2007 Photo added for ABO 147B 30 01 2007 Photos added for NKN 650 29 01 2007 Photo added for 7 RDV and AFJ 86B

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  • Harrington Coachwork History
    older coaches were required a fibreglass alternative was supplied to replace the original aluminium one By the early sixties when the success of the Cavalier coach was resulting in batches of large orders the limitations imposed by the factory size were becoming more and more apparent and Harrington once again turned to the car side of their business in an attempt to maximise production area Fortunately eschewing the complete fibreglass replacement body so popular in the fifties they started modifying production sports cars and making fibreglass GT conversions the fastback top was part of the bodywork and was not intended to be removable Base vehicles were the Sunbeam Alpine and Triumph TR4 Although hardly a GT fibreglass was also extensively used in the PSV conversions to the Commer 1500 12 seater mini bus These were particularly successful For the purchaser the attraction of this was that although the conversion cost more than the standard minibus full PSV specification vehicles were excempt from purchase tax and this helped make the project viable Commercial vehicle bodies were also produced but these tended to be very specialist in nature with most bulk orders being Government contracts of some type This had taken the form of specialised vehicles such as a batch of Green Goddesses Black Marias and RAF crew buses Harrington had always been a family firm Ernest G Harrington and Thomas R Harrington the sons of the founder Thomas were Joint Managing Director and Chairman until 1960 and were very old indeed Thomas R was 80 when he died in 1963 Arguably in terms of business development things had been left to stagnate but the small factory had always provided a good living It would be wrong to be critical of this situation The company had made the decision to continue within the limits set by its production facilities at Sackville works There were other members of the family on the board Clifford Harrington had been a joint director since the fifties in charge of coach building It was Clifford who was keen to embrace the best continental influences and was the prime mover behind the styling of the Cavalier and Grenadier However it was clear that things had to change The bespoke work that had filled in space around the coach production was beginning to dry up Harrington had been a Rootes agent since the thirties the car dealership being run separately from the coach building side there were showrooms in Hove and Worthing The result of this special relationship was an intense interest when Harrington approached Rootes to see if there was anything they could do for them on the strength of their initial efforts with the Alpine conversion It happened that Rootes were being lured into the exotic and expensive world of competition motoring and were looking for a closed body for an Alpine at Le Mans presumably realising the Harrington output would enable it to be deemed a production model Unfortunately dark clouds were beginning to gather over

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  • Harrington Employees
    attempt at a record of employees I am aware that similar lists have been attempted but they were never gathered together for posterity and some lists have been lost altogether If anybody objects to a name appearing please let me know and I will remove it Similarly I will not under any circumstances divulge any addresses or contact details without permission If contact details are known messages can be forwarded Before moving on to the main list below is a photo of the team building the last Grenadier at Sackville Works in 1966 I have numbered the picture and some names have been associated with the faces Memories being as they are I had two names for some people and I have picked the most repeated answer Can you add more List Of Known Harrington Employees If you have contacted me before October 2008 and your name does not appear on the list my apologies I suffered a computer crash during the year and many emails which I thought were backed up were lost Please contact me again Name Dates working Where Notes Peter Ashley Snowy Awden Phil Barnes Section Leader Charlie Barrett 1966 No 5 in photo Leonard Henry Bovington 1955 1966 Mechanic later Drg Office Known as Bob Bovington Bob Brewer Bill Burrell 1966 Paint shop No 1 in photo Neville Chapman Peter Courtney Electrical George Davis Works Foreman Joe Dovey 1966 No 2 in photo perhaps Les Greenaugh 1966 No 17 in photo perhaps Geoff Greenow Wilf Greenwood Drawing Office Doug Grinyer Jerry Hayward No 4 in photo Vic Hayward No 11 in photo Adrian Hedges Dave Hill Harry Hisco Secretary to C H Alf Howe Ron Humphries Drawing Office Section Leader Arthur Imisson Family enquiry employment not confirmed Reg Jones 1953 Family enquiry employment not confirmed

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  • Harrington History
    shape of the fuel filler hole was also unique to Harrington although this shape was only used on Leyland PS or AEC Regal chassis where the flip up quick fill lid was fitted The light weight type of body such as fitted on the Commer Avenger while apparently very similar to the heavyweights in side appearance had a round hole for access to the fuel filler Two examples showing the kind of view to be had at the rear of a Harrington coach of the late nineteen forties or early fifties JYC 855 has the patent dorsal fin that had first appeared in 1935 although at that time it confined itself to the roof area and did not split the rear window Although one of the early reasons given for the fin was that it enabled headroom at the rear of the coach by the post war years the coaches were generally made higher anyway and this was not so important However the ventilation louvres are visible and PPF 492 shows the alternative arrangement when the fin was not fitted The double height bumper trim is also clearly shown in these photographs PPF 492 was a very late production half cab body no 859 built in 1951 and was built to the then newly allowable width of 8 feet Never the less it is interesting to compare the overall shape against that of JYC 855 body 303 built in 1948 The general outline of the two has clearly altered in the time between their construction and this can mostly be ascribed to the bespoke method of building which allowed the panelbeaters usually a team on each side plus a front team and a back team a chance to make slight variations with each vehicle The Half Cab Gives Way To The Full Front The move from the traditional half cab appearance to a full front symmetrical appearance is a subject that cannot be laid at the door of any one particular coach builder Whereas the full front can be described as much cleaner looking and easier to streamline from the stylists point of view it tended to be met with staunch rejection by vehicle operators who valued the easy access to the engine Furthermore the mechanical parts were buried inside the body therefore oily mechanics had to push their way through the upholstery in the saloon So strong were various deemed advantages that Leyland continued to offer a bus as a half cab chassis layout until 1967 The stylists however had pushed hard through the 1930s Even London Transport in the happy position of both designer and operator had flirted with radical change with the short lived AEC Q type one of the first designs to move the engine to a more accessible position as well The foundations for the transition to full front styling was therefore laid in the thirties delayed by war in the early forties and boosted by demand for vehicles in the latter half of the

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  • Harrington Lightweight Bodies 1946 - 1959
    vehicle Above left dating from 1950 is body number 796 on Commer Avenger chassis 23A0500 This kind of vehicle typically carried 32 people If the dorsal fin option was not taken up then the rear window was divided by a thin vertical bar For the Albion version of the same body the radiator was still on view since it was a traditional cast aluminium item KCD 697 chassis FT3AB 70790B carries body 663 and dates from November 1949 It is seen at auction in March 2002 when it changed hands for the first time in many years More pictures of KCD 697 are linked from the preserved vehicle list One other chassis type popular in the late1940s was the Leyland Comet which was about as close as Leyland came to making a lightweight PSV chassis Compared with other manufacturer s offerings it was heavy at over 3 5 tons This made it over a ton heavier than the Bedford SB for example It was available with either a diesel or petrol engine the latter making it refined enough for coach work It was only available in 7ft 6in width which made it popular with operators where narrower roads were common particularly in the West Country One example of this type is preserved KUF 51 pictured right was in the fleet of Unique of Brighton I have never seen a picture of a Harrington bodied Comet without the destination arragement shown in the photograph the two frames immediately above the windscreens are being used as windows The Bedford SB became available in 1950 and although the first Harrington body does not appear to have been until 1952 varying styles of coach work continued to be available on this chassis until the firm closed in 1966 Perhaps as Rootes agents Harrington did their best to convince their customers of the merits of the Commer chassis It appears that no SB chassis received the body style fitted to the early Commer Avengers as typified by JHO 917 above Apart from the front this had echoed the style of the contemporary half cab body By the time orders were taken for Bedfords the Wayfarer body for underfloor engine chassis was about to start it s second generation Therefore the Bedford s style tended to echo the Wayfarer shape One of the most obvious advances was the one piece curved rubber mounted front corner windows Once this was in production the old style corner posts were never seen again This is probably due to the increased strength of the aluminium framed body also introduced at this time Typical if typical is the right word to use in view of the small number of examples of slightly over the top bright trim decoration to be found on Harrington full front designs of the late forties and early fifties is body number 1202 Bedford SB 16955 registration PYA 973 dating from May 1953 It had a smooth petrol engine befitting a touring coach used by holiday makers

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  • Harrington Wayfarer
    it was a term commonly used as the happy traveller was encouraged to enjoy the highways and byways of Britain freed from the hardship of the war years Only the minority would have been able to enjoy this by private car and the coaching heyday was in full swing There is some evidence to suggest that the Mk2 and Mk3 Wayfarer designation was not used by the factory Indeed various other names are known to have been suggested through out the fifties but these usually only appeared on show or demonstrator coaches and were not generally taken up Certainly the final version of the four coaches pictured below was advertised as simply the Harrington Mk IV without actually making reference to the name So Mk IV of what In sorting out the muddle the factory never really sought to resolve enthusiasts have tended assume that Mk IV went with Wayfarer and have come up with the sequence below The designation Mk 2 seems apropriate to represent the coaches with a significant change in frontal appearance from the original Wayfarer And the Mk 3 looks different again so it seems to fit neatly into the gap By the mid fifties lightweight

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