THE LIFE OF A.V. ROE

Biography

Sir Alliott Verdon-Roe OBE, Hon. FRAeS, FIAS was born in Patricroft in Manchester and was the first Englishman to fly an all-British machine at Lea Marshes on 12th July 1909. He claimed to be the first Englishman to make a powered flight in June 1908 at Brooklands. He founded AV Roe and Co in Manchester with his brother Humphrey on 1st January 1910. From its early beginnings at Brownfield Mills, A.V. Roe and Co, became one of the most successful British aviation companies building iconic Avro marques such as the Avro 504, Tutor, Anson, Lancaster, Lancastrian, York, Shackleton and the Vulcan. Alliott left AV Roe and Co in 1926. He was knighted in 1928 and established Saunders-Roe, builders of the jet powered SARO SRA 1 and SARO Princess flying boats at Cowes on the Isle of Wight, where he remained Chairman till his death in 1958.

Portraits of A.V. Roe

  • A.V. Reading Flight, 1912

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    AV portrait - 1912

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    Portrait of A.V. Roe  Director of A.V. Roe & Co

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    Sir Alliott Verdon-Roe playing bowls with Sir Henry Royce at his home in Sussex. Royce was Godfather to his namesake Alliott's youngest son Royce

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    Alliott on left sailing on the Solent
    His daughter Patricia is seated
    on boom

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    A.V. Roe (second from left) with directors and of Saunders-Roe and visitors

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    A.V. with a SARO model at home

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    A.V. with a SARO model

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    Alliott shows off his lightweight bicycle he built in the 1950s

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    Alliott at the age of 80 demonstrates cycling backwards, on a bicycle he designed himself at his home Long Meadow, Rowlands Castle

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    Alliott used to ride this bicycle backwards using a fixed wheel

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    Sir Alliott Verdon-Roe feeding the birds at his home, Long Meadow, Rowlands Castle

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    A.V. in his study at Long Meadow, Rowlands Castle, 1954

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    A.V. in his study at Long Meadow, Rowlands Castle, 1954

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    A.V. in his study at Long Meadow, Rowlands Castle, 1954

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    A.V. marries Mildred in Blackpool

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    A.V. marries Mildred in Blackpool

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A.V. Roe at Home

  • A.V. on bike

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    Family Photograph. Top: Humphrey, Spencer, A.V. (right) Middle: Dr Roe, Anne Sophie, Elsie Bottom; Dorothy, Everard

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    A.V. in the garden 1900  at the family home  in Patricroft , Manchester

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    Alliott being theatrical  c1900

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    Alliott demonstrates his racing bike
    Alliott is riding and Humphrey is holding the bike

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    Alliott demonstrates his racing bike
    Alliott is riding and Humphrey is holding the bike

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    Poplars. Edwin Alliott Roe was born at The Poplars, Patricroft, Eccles in Greater Manchester on 26th April 1877. He was brought up there with his brothers and sisters until his family moved to London. The house remains mainly unchanged today.

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    From left to right: Phyllis, Avis, Eric, Joy, Geoffrey, Patricia, Lighton, June and Royce 

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Video of A.V. Roe

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