THE original founder of this business, Mr. Thomas R. Starey, was known and highly respected amongst the coach builders of the country, and his reputation as a coach builder was acknowledged by the many clients he had all over the world. In many instances when old established businesses pass out of the hands of the founders, the new comers, when taking over the business, do so only to trade upon a good reputation, and make money while it lasts. In this instance, it is most decidedly not so. The new proprietors know that the firm has a reputation which might be envied by any coach builder, a reputation which has made the firm what it is, and which they are fully resolved to maintain, as it can only be maintained—by supplying a good article at a fair and reasonable price.

Our illustration on the opposite page is a front elevation of the show-rooms and factory, recently built by the Company. The building consists of three stories and covers an area of 1,300 yards; it is built upon the most modern plans, as nearly as possible with fire-proof materials, and fitted with all the latest appliances to facilitate the manufacture of high-class carriages.

The show rooms upon the ground floor, behind which is a large yard roofed over with glass, are lighted by fine plate glass windows extending the whole depth of the front, and at the back of these are the clerks' and enquiry offices; an additional show-room has also been provided upon the first floor, both of which are stocked, with a collection of well-built and well finished carriages of every description.

At the back of the ground floor are the general store rooms. The upper show rooms, which are reached by a wide staircase, are lighted by three large plate glass windows, and from which a very good view of the Great Central Railway Company's new station is obtained, run from Parliament Street to Lincoln Street where it forms the ground floor, and has a frontage of 120 feet, lighted by four large windows with folding glass doors at each end and has a capacity for standing 200 carriages.

Leaving the Parliament Street show-rooms we come upon, first the manager's well appointed private offices, the walls of which are covered with fine old prints, drawings and specimens of heraldry by the old masters in the art, ranging over a period of 120 years; then, upon reaching the third floor, we found ourselves in the paint shops, from which are partitioned off the varnishing and finishing rooms, all well lighted, warmed and ventilated, as they should be to ensure success in this important department.

Next comes the trimmers' shops, they reach the whole length of the building from Parliament Street to Lincoln Street, here also are all the modern appliances, including sewing machines for making up. We were then shown the body shops, with the long rows of benches filled with busy workers. Leading from these are the mounting shops facing Lincoln Street, from which it is lighted by eleven windows, here, as in other depart­ments, we were shown machinery of the most modern type.

We were next taken to the smiths' shops, in which we were shown the latest thing in forges, all fitted with Roots' Patent Blowers, Sinking Platform for wheel tyreing, and a Rubber Tyre Fixing Machine. This shop is lighted by a glass roof and three side windows, on this floor we find also the wheelers' shops, with a fine stock of ready made wheels and all the labour-saving machines which can be profitably used in this department.

Above this floor is the loft, stored with a good selection of dried timber, in well-arranged racks ready for use, shafts, spokes, felloes, bar iron, steel channels for rubber tyres, and other materials.

Every floor of the building is connected by a lift, 16 feet by 8 feet, by Waygood's of London, in addition to the staircases. To avoid loss of time, each floor has adjoining a special store­room, containing all materials required by the workmen in that department.

The machinery is driven by a 12 horse power motor, and the whole building, which cost £25,000 to erect, may claim to be one of the largest in the midlands, as it is one of the most modern, both in construction and the machinery it contains.

Telephone 944. Telegrams: "Starey's Ltd., Nottingham."

Orders of all description solicited. Inspection invited.

All new carriages in stock and built to order are built and finished on the premises.