January 2010 Centenary of the Founding of A.V. Roe and Co in Manchester

On 1st January 1910 Alliott’s and his younger brother Humphrey agreed to go into business together. Humphrey would provide finance, organisation and management skill as well as factory space at his existing business, Everard and Co., Ancoats, Manchester, while Alliott would concentrate of design and testing. They therefore agreed to form AV Roe and Co on the 1st of January 1910. This date represents the beginning of the company as a real business and Humphrey rather modestly became the ‘and Co’ in AV Roe and Co. This symbolised the beginning of the aviation business in the North West which at its peak employed hundreds of thousands of people in the region. Avro and A.V. Roe & Co were to produce some of the most iconic aeroplanes of the 20th century from factories in the Manchester Region especially the 504, Lancaster and Vulcan.


To celebrate the Centenary the Royal Aeronautical Society North West Branch held an event on the 18th January 2010 at which a plaque was unveiled at the newly restored factory at Brownsfield Mills. The plaque was unveiled by Jonathan Stopes-Roe and Eric Verdon-Roe respectively grandsons of Humphrey and Alliott Roe. The Manchester Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) hosted a talk about Humphrey and AV Roe their careers together and a dinner was held by the RAeS at which Sir Charles Masefield former test pilot and President of BAE Systems spoke about the landmark achievements of Avro and the characters who worked there.