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Ripley showroom in the 1980's.

Gibbs opened a branch of the firm in Ripley, Surrey in 1938. This branch specialised in agricultural equipment and designing and installing irrigation systems; in 1948 they won the contract to supply a new irrigation system for the White City stadium in London. They also planned and designed farm units and buildings such as milking parlours and grain stores.

Ryde House School

The Ripley branch was built on the site of Ryde House School.

Early photograph of the Ripley site circa 1940's.

The opening of the refurbished site in 1963.

Aerial view of the Ripley branch.

The white building in the central foreground was the Gibbs showroom in Ripley, Surrey. The workshops were located to the rear of the building.


Gibbs acquired the firm Coles of Bracknell, Berkshire on 1st February 1947. This firm of agricultural engineers was bought from the Bunch family, Ernie Bunch (son) stayed on to work for Gibbs. The Bracknell operation was forced to close in 1967 when the site was compulsorily purchased by the Bracknell New Town Development Corporation.

Wokingham Agricultural Show

Ernie Bunch (on the right) seen with customers at a very wet Wokingham show in the early 1950’s.

Coles of Bracknell.

The photograph shows Coles workshops, the firm's offices were located in the house to the right of the workshops.

A close-up of Coles premises, with a Massey Harris combine harvester leaving the works.

Gordon Dennett, manager of the Bracknell branch, pulling a railway truck at Bracknell Station during severe weather in 1963.

The Stokenchurch branch was acquired in the early 1950’s to expand the business into the Buckinghamshire area.

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