It all started with a single caravan...
The first Bailey caravan was built by Martin Bailey in his garage in South Bristol in 1947 and was subsequently sold at Ashton Gate market for the sum of £200.
A year later F G Bailey Ltd was formed and went into production. The company developed rapidly throughout the 1950’s eventually outgrowing its original site and moving to its present address at South Liberty Lane in 1960. In 1977 the company was purchased by Patrick and Stephen Howard and Bailey Caravans Ltd as it now known has remained in Howard family ownership ever since.
Ten years ago the company introduced the Alu-Tech body shell construction system which is seen by most observers as the most significant development in leisure vehicle production technology for over three decades. Providing genuine design innovation, this fully patented technology, means that Bailey leisure vehicles are now some of the best engineered and the most technically advanced products available, keeping owners comfortable safe and secure no matter how tough the conditions. To date approaching 50,000 Bailey Alu-Tech leisure vehicles have been built and are being enjoyed around the world.
Her Majesty The Queen accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visited Bailey of Bristol on Thursday 22nd November 2012 to mark the 65th anniversary of the company's founding. During the visit Her Majesty received a guided tour of the manufacturing plant and met a number of employees from across the business.
Today Bailey employs over 600 local people across three sites in Bristol and currently manufactures 7,500 leisure vehicles per year to generate an annual turnover in excess of £ 130 million.
Scroll through the 70-year history of Bailey of Bristol to discover our story.
From Martin Bailey's first caravan built in 1947 through to the current day and the development of our South Liberty Lane site, get the full story of how Bailey of Bristol has come to where it is today.