Recently our terribly popular Facebook page was queried as to whether or not Brooks used to own Wrights Saddles. My impetuous and incorrect response garnered a written clarification by none other than Steven Green, who has been with Brooks for over 30 years and manages our office in Smethwick.
Quoting Steven: "Brooks did own Wrights (and technically still do)"
Perhaps the "W3 N" had not the cheery ring of the B17?
"It was the takeover of Wright saddles that brought about the move of Brooks premises from Birmingham City Centre to Smethwick (circa 1960). The Wrights factory was located in Selly Oak – a suburb of Birmingham at some 2 miles to the south of the city centre. The company wished to condense the two factories into one working site – neither existing site was large enough to accommodate the other and so both were closed down and moved to the present site in Smethwick."
The Wrights Swallow
"Wrights and Brooks made almost identical saddles. However, it was always considered that Brooks used a much superior grade of leather----- so although the Wright brand was still produced for a number years beyond this, it was gradually phased out....."
So there you have it, the record "set to Wrights" on yet another piece of Brooks history.