The 'G' and 'R' in the name 'G & R Wrenn Limited' represent the names of George and Richard Wrenn, brothers, who started the now famous Company in 1950. A third brother, Cedric, was to join the Company in the late 1950s. The 'family' business continued right through until 1992 with the exception of a few years in the late 1960s when G & R Wrenn lost its independent existence and became part of the Lines Brothers Group.
The 'George' and 'Richard' Wrenn who signed the Deed of Partnership on 29.11.1950, commencing the original Partnership known as 'G. & R. Wrenn' - were George Raymond Wrenn, b. 11.12.1920 and Cyril Richard Wrenn, b. 5.3.1922, brothers. The brothers' main business was the manufacture of high quality track-work and points for 'OO' Gauge model railways and the business premises were at No. 123 Lee Road, Lee Green, Blackheath, London S.E.3. They produced track for both 2 and 3 rail operation in compatible format for use with Farish, Hornby, Tri-ang, Trix, and also a Universal pattern. In 1952 extra staff were taken on as the business expanded.
In March 1955, the business moved across London to Unit 9, Bowlers Croft which was located in Honeywood Road, Basildon.
In October 1957, the 'Partnership' was transferred into a Limited Company, G. & R. Wrenn Limited. George and Richard were 'Joint' Chairmen of the Company and Richard was also Company Secretary.
In August 1957, Richard Wrenn wrote to his brother Cedric, encouraging him to join the Company 'as soon as is humanly possible'. The letter does seem to be written in a very formal manner, even for the time of the late 1950s. Shortly afterwards John Cedric Wrenn joined his brothers in their venture, eventually becoming Sales Director of the Company, a position which he held until his retirement in March 1982.
1960 saw the introduction by G. & R. Wrenn Ltd. of the '152' Series Racing Car system, smaller in scale but very much the major competitor to the 'Scalextric' system owned and at that time being developed by the Lines Bros. Group.
In late November 1992 'G & R Wrenn Limited' ceased trading and the name and assets of the company were later bought by David Boyle of Dapol Model Railways.
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