The second world war was transformative for BWT – similar to many other industries during wartime – and it inevitably paved the way for our pioneering work in aerospace.

On Christmas Eve 1940, Manchester had its first heavy air raid but BWT fortuitously only suffered minor damage.

The next day however, the bombers came back again and this time very frequently were as lucky; not only was a large part of Manchester destroyed, BWT’s headquarters were totally ruined. The warehouse, the equipment and the century-old company archive were completely burned down – only two walls were left standing.

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In 1947 Baxter Woodhouse and Taylor moved to the Woodside Factory in Poynton. By then, BWT had progressed to an esteemed manufacturer of complex equipment for aircraft and industrial applications.

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