JCB is a British manufacturer of equipment for construction, agriculture,

waste handling, and demolition, founded

in 1945 and based in Rocester, Staffordshire, England.

The word "JCB" is also often used colloquially as a generic

description for mechanical diggers and excavators

and now appears in the Oxford English Dictionary,

although it is still held as a trademark.

Joseph Cyril Bamford Excavators Ltd.

was founded by Joseph Cyril Bamford in October 1945 in Uttoxeter,

Staffordshire, England. He rented a lock-up garage 3.7 by 4.6 m (12 by 15 ft).

In it, using a welding set which he bought second-hand

for £2-10s (= £2.50) from English Electric,

he made his first vehicle, a tipping trailer from war-surplus materials.

The trailer's sides and floor were made from steel sheet that had been

part of air raid shelters.

On the same day as his son Anthony was born, he sold the trailer

at a nearby market for £45 (plus a part-exchanged farm cart)

and at once made another trailer.

At one time he made vehicles in Eckersley's coal yard in Uttoxeter.

The first trailer and the welding set have been preserved.


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