Jane Hutchinson, née WINDOVER, presents with pride the story of her family over 350 years in this 148 page limited edition hardback book printed on glossy paper.
Windovers were Saddlers and Harness Makers in Ottery St Mary from 1600 until the Industrial Revolution, when they moved north, first to Grantham and then to Huntingdon, to make carriages and coaches. Their extensive range of horse drawn vehicles is fully illustrated as they developed sales to all parts of the empire and beyond including royal households in Europe as well as England.
In Huntingdon, the business expanded rapidly to become the largest employer when Jane's great grandfather, Charles S Windover, became Mayor. The factory where they made carriages to the highest specifications is fully described together with their impressive client list.
From their success came their involvement in building bodies for Rolls Royce and Bentley cars and numerous other well known marques. All this is illustrated with exquisite photos and illustrations. The Company moved production to Hendon in London in 1924, nearer to their showrooms.
The author, who was born in 1935, describes the changes the Company had to make as bespoke car bodies were replaced by mass produced vehicles. After the Second World war, Windovers successfully switched to coaches, fire engines and taxis until the business was finally closed down in 1956.