W W GREENER
Makers of fine guns since 1829
Registered Trade Mark
W W Greener (Sporting Guns) Limited, The mews, Hagley Hall, Hagley, Stourbridge, DY9 9LG, United Kingdom.
Telephone: 44 (0)1666 510351. E-
Copyright: Graham Greener © 2015
W W Greener was a member of the second generation of a family which has been involved with gun making from 1829 to the present day. Today the company still makes the finest sporting shotguns and rifles in its Midlands workshops.
William Greener was the first to make guns. After serving his apprenticeship with John Gardner in Newcastle Upon Tyne he worked for Joe Manton, probably the best English gun maker in the early 1800’s. Returning to Newcastle in 1829 he set up on his own to make percussion muzzle loading sporting and military shotguns and rifles, and harpoon guns for the Dundee whalers. However, there it was difficult to obtain the best materials so he moved to Birmingham in 1844 where Greener gun making has remained ever since.
William was an inventor and during his lifetime he invented; the expansive bullet (1835), an electric light (1846 -
After William's death in 1869 his second son, William Wellington Greener, continued the family tradition of making high quality sporting and military guns, and his inventions helped to develop the breech-
W W Greener’s two sons Harry and Charles took over the business from their father in 1910 and ten years later the firm was incorporated into a Limited Company. Production was switched to military requirements during two world wars and during the intervening period demand for very high quality sporting guns diminished. The company under the two brothers, and later Leyton Greener, Harry's son, concentrated on well made, but less expensive 'Empire' models and single barrel GP shotguns -
But the building of the inner ring road in Birmingham meant the factory complex fronting St Mary's Square had to go. So, in 1965 the company was sold, the old factory with its imposing Victorian edifice was pulled down and production for the company as a family run business ceased. Webley, which acquired the gun making part of the business continued to make the single barrel GP for a few years but it was not until 1985 that the company was bought by its present owners, including Graham Greener, W W Greener's great grandson, David Dryhurst and Richard Tandy, two of the country's finest gun makers.
The next few years saw a return to making best quality sporting guns. To promote this in 1987 the 'New St George' 12 bore side-