Fullwood Tyres - Harold Thomas Fullwood

James Treen Fullwood; his family and the business he founded
By David Fullwood


Harold, born in 1893, was James Treen Fullwood's second eldest son who ultimately took over running of the family business on his father's death in 1939. Harold became Managing Director of the Staffordshire Motor Tyre Company but during World War I he was seconded into engineering work and finished the war in 1918 as a qualified engineer.

Traffic Signal designer?

Family legend states (described to me by Harold's son Jim Fullwood b.1919) Harold was involved in 1927 with the design and installation of the first set of automated traffic lights/signals in the UK located at Princes Square Wolverhampton. I was also told Harold went on to design an even more complex traffic signalling system to accommodate several junctions all along Oxford Street in London.

Harold Fullwood.

I can only assume that Harold, on his trips to the USA visiting tyre suppliers such as the Goodyear Tyre Co, saw for himself the benefits of the American traffic control systems at busy road junctions and perhaps decided to build and implement his own version here in Wolverhampton. However, this anecdote is unconfirmed by external sources at the moment as Wolverhampton Borough Council cannot locate any records to substantiate Harold's or anyone else's involvement in this project.
A scene taken in 1927 showing the first traffic light system in the UK at Princes Square Wolverhampton.
As seen earlier in this biography, Harold became Alderman and a Mayor of Wolverhampton with an interest in transport issues effecting Wolverhampton. I fondly remember Harold in the mid 1960s because he would collect me every Saturday from my grandfather's shop (Frederick Fullwood) in Newhampton Road West to take me up to the Molinuex to watch Wolves games from the Directors box.

Harold T Fullwood's Home - The Grove Tettenhall Wolverhampton

During World War II, it is believed a German bomber looking for the nearby aircraft factory of Boulton Paul, dropped its bombs by mistake on "the Grove" a large Victorian house on Wood Road Tettenhall. Harold Fullwood MD of Staffordshire Motor Tyre Company subsequently bought the house soon after the war and then set about rebuilding "the Grove" to its former glory.

On the left is "The Grove". In the centre is the house after the direct hit by a German bomber in W.W.II. On the right the restored building which had views over Henwood Road, Compton and Wolverhampton.
Harold Fullwood standing next to his wife Ethel (nee Yardley) and my grandmother (right) Dorothy Fullwood at the front door of the Grove.

On the left is "The Grove's" back garden looking down towards Compton and on the right an aerial view of the house and grounds.

On the left is a Christmas card drawing of the Grove done by the well known and famous local artist Arrowsmith. On the right is a drawing of the front entrance to the Grove, again from another Christmas card.

Sadly the Grove was sold in the late seventies and demolished to make way for several executive homes to be built in what is now known as Maythorne Gardens Tettenhall Wolverhampton.

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