Britain By Car - A Motoring History

W.O Bentley

The street where W O Bentley, founder of the Bentley Motor Company, stayed in digs during his apprenticeship in Doncaster with the Great Northern Railway.

Location
Netherhall Road, Doncaster.

Date
1905 - 1909

Commentary
Between 1905 and 1909, W O Bentley served what was known as a premium apprenticeship (at a cost to his family of £75 a year) at the Great Northern Railway works in Doncaster.  Starting in the fitting shop, he progressed to the foundry, and then to the engine-erecting shop.

In 1910, Walter Bentley moved back to London to complete his apprenticeship on the footplate, working out of King’s Cross Station.

Further details
• My life & my cars, W.O.Bentley, Hutchinson, 2008