Here you will find images of various vehicles still 'on the road' today and copies of brochures produced in the 1950s, '60s and '70s. My interest lies in the family connection where my late uncle, Aubrey Lomas (and his sons), continued his family's business of producing ambulances at their Handforth works (near Wilmslow, Cheshire) for the various services around the country and, indeed, the world. His grandfather was probably Herbert Lomas, the founder of the company. The history of the company and further images will be added as information comes to hand.
There is some evidence, tenuous at
present, to suggest that the company in some form was founded around the year 1862. However,
it is to be noted that this is also the approximate date of birth of one of the
'Herberts' Lomas (there were a number with this forename) and the two events may
well be confused.
The Census Returns of 1901 for the Manchester area list Herbert Lomas as a Wheelwright of Salford. The 1903, 1909 and 1911 Slater's Directories of the same area list Herbert Lomas variously as Coach and Carriage Builders, Coachbuilders and Wheelwrights of City Road, Hulme, Manchester (see also the 'Genealogy' pages). Herbert Lomas Ambulances Ltd became a Private Limited Company with a date of Incorporation of 8th December 1913 having a Company Registration Number of 00132628. The final accounts being made on 31st December 1981.
I discovered the images below quite a while ago and cannot recall their source. If you have knowledge of the source please let me know in order to provide an appropriate acknowledgement.
1970 Ford Cortina 1600 Mk2 and 1976 Land Rover 109 Series 3 being restored by the Ambulance Heritage Society based in the East Midlands and their roadworthy 1983 Ford Transit Mk 2, all by Herbert Lomas. © http://ambulanceheritagesociety.com/