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Collection, Preservation and Display of Old Lawn Mowers


(Formerly Nene Engineering Co.) Makers of the "Godiva" lawn mower which was awarded "highly recommended" in the 1925 motor mower trials in Regents Park, London. A range of 2-stroke and 4-stroke mowers utilising J.A.P. engines were produced by this company, which seems to have been started by former employees of Barford & Perkins (see "Godiva" above). One of the firm's workshops was at De Montfort Road, Reading, near to Allen & Simmonds factory. This latter company, as well as making the "Auto Culto" range of garden tractors, made many of the parts for the "Godiva" mower. The mowers produced were not unlike the contemporary "Automower" machines, although one four-stroke example had a distinctive slab-sided petrol tank mounted on struts.