A company with a long and proud tradition in Birmingham, that continues to the present day. Graham Greener who is a fifth generation family member is still involved as a director and the company operates from two sites locally, one in Barnt Green and the other in Hagley.
There is quite a bit of information about WW Greener available on the web and rather than rehash it all to write it again here I have provided some links below.
It is interesting to note the company's links with Bagot Street and the Tower premises that were located there (Link).
We will use Graham's own words to explain this further:-
"Our company W W Greener Limited was asked to take over and manage the factory for the production of the Belgian Mauser rifle as part of the war effort during World War I. My uncle was put in charge and his uncle, Frederic Greener went over to Liege and obtained the drawings. After which, some of the FN workforce came over to England and formed the nucleus of the team that started production there. At the end of the first year production of the Mauser had reached 1,500 per week and so the factory was handed over to the Belgians to continue production."
The W W Greener, Prize Gun Works, St Marys Row, taken by Phyliss Nicklin in 1960
The W W Greener, Prize Gun Works and surrounding area - birds eye artists impression from the late 1800s
An article from the June 1985 edition of Airgun World here, about the Greener Air Rifle and some company history. <Click here>
An article published in the October 2011 issue of the Military Rifle Journal on WW Greener and their involvement with the Belgians during the First World War in the manufacture of M1889 Mauser rifles at the Tower, Bagot Street. <Click here>
The Rifleman website
A A Brown website - nice photo and pen picture
Some great Phyliss Nicklin photographs - # one, # two, # three
We especially like the last image as you can see The Bull public house in the bottom left hand part of the photograph. From this you can orientate where the premises would have been when it was still standing (pretty damn close to where the dual carriage way now runs by our reckoning!)