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Location Category ID: 3470
Address: Old Park Rd, King’s Hill, Wednesbury, West Midlands WS10
Aston Church Road, Saltley, Birmingham, West Midlands B7
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Latitude, Longitude: 52.53126086 , -1.93016052
Location Accuracy: 7
Tanks Previously Here: Tanks confirmed built here:
1: Mark VIII Harry Hopkins Light Tank - The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (From markings presumed built April 1942)
2: Mark V Heavy Tank - The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Manufactured January 1918)

Models of tank built here:
1: Mark VII Tetrarch Airborne Light Tank (Manufacturer of production vehicles)
2: Mark VII Tetrarch CS Airborne Light Tank (Manufacturer of production vehicles)
3: Mark VIII Harry Hopkins Light Tank (Manufacturer of production vehicles)
4: A10 Cruiser Mark II Tank (Secondary manufacturer)
5: A10 Cruiser Mark IIA Tank (Secondary manufacturer)
6: A10 Cruiser Mark IIA CS Tank (Secondary manufacturer)
7: Mark I Heavy Tank (Primary manufacturer 1916)
8: Mark III Heavy Tank (Manufacturer)
9: Mark IV Heavy Tank (Primary manufacturer late 1916-late 1917)
10: Mark V Heavy Tank (Sole manufacturer - December 1917-)
11: Mark V* Heavy Tank (Sole manufacturer of base vehicle - December 1917-)
12: Valentine Tank - Mark I (Probable secondary manufacturer)
13: Valentine Tank - Mark II (Probable secondary manufacturer)
14: Valentine Tank - Mark III (Probable secondary manufacturer)
15: Valentine Tank - Mark IV (Probable secondary manufacturer)
16: Valentine Tank - Mark V (Probable secondary manufacturer)
17: Valentine Tank - Mark VIII (Probable secondary manufacturer)
18: Valentine Tank - Mark IX (Probable secondary manufacturer)
19: Valentine Tank - Mark X (Probable secondary manufacturer)
20: Valentine Tank - Mark XI (Probable secondary manufacturer)
21: Valentine Tank - Unidentified Model (Probable secondary manufacturer)

The company was formed in 1863 as the Metropolitan Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Limited, successors to Messrs. Joseph Wright and Sons of London. The carriage works were moved from London to Birmingham, to 6 acres of meadowland in Saltley, adjacent to the Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway line. In 1902 it merged with four other carriage and wagon builders to become Metropolitan Amalgamated Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Ltd.
Metropolitan was contracted as a builder of the many of the first tanks for the British Army during the First World War. They built all 400 of the Mark V tank and 700 improved Mark V* tanks.
In 1917, Metropolitan Railway Carriage and Wagon Company and Vickers Limited took joint control of British Westinghouse. In 1919 Vickers bought out the Metropolitan shares and renamed the company Metropolitan-Vickers. By 1926, it had changed its name again to Metropolitan Carriage, Wagon and Finance Company Ltd. In 1929 the railway rolling stock business of Cammell Laird and Company was merged, as Metropolitan-Cammell Carriage and Wagon Company Ltd; the resulting company being part owned by Vickers and the Cammell Laird group.
In the Second World War, Metro built tanks again, including the Valentine tank and Light Tank Mk VIII. Although originally a Vickers Armstrong design, production of Tetrarchs was transferred to Metropolitan-Cammell, contract T6423, dated 25th January 1939 to leave Vickers to concentrate on other war work (source: Tank Museum Record).