Matchless factory pic
Matchless factory (c.1960)
Corner of Burrage Grove and Maxey Road


This website aims to throw some light on the people whose enthusiasm for motor bikes drew them to work at the Plumstead Road, S E London factory of Associated Motor Cycles, where the world-famous products of Matchless, AJS and (latterly) Norton were designed, manufactured and assembled.

As well as giving a general history of the factory, this website hopes to provides an in-depth look at each of the many departments in turn, giving an insight into the day-to-day work undertaken, the tools and machinery employed and the various skills of the workforce necessary to undertake the tasks involved in playing their part in the production of a large range of first-class motorcycles.

The content on the site represents the combined knowledge of the authors who both served apprenticeships in the factory, followed by several years in the Design and Drawing Offices, back in the 1960s.

As around fifty years has passed since then, memories have faded and hard information has become ever more difficult to find, to verify what we remember. So, if you have had any contact with the factory over its years of existence, and have any information, corrections, pictures, etc. that you feel would enhance the site, please contact the authors who would be very grateful for your contributions to this ongoing project.

Thanks for coming along for the ride.

Holly pic

Bill and Peter would like to thank all our new friends, throughout world, for the enthusiastic response shown to this website since its launch in March. We are especially indebted to those who have contributed the many extra photos and snippets of information that have helped to enlarge and improve the content.

With your continued assistance in the coming year, hopefully the website will become the 'place to visit' for other like-minded people who have maintained an interest in the Plumstead factory.

A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.