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The history of Pemberton

The company started life shortly after the end of WW2 as a partnership of the brothers Norman and Eric Rigby initially based in Pemberton on the outskirts of Wigan, Lancashire and trading as N & E Coachworks. Due to shortages of essential raw materials their initial product offerings were based on converting obsolete railway carriages and buses into basic holiday accommodation but demand soon outstripped the available supply of suitable base vehicles and combined with improving post war availability of raw materials and manufactured components in the later 1940’s the first true “static caravans” were being produced.

The beginning


Initially converting buses, railway carriages etc into basic holiday accommodation units then progressing to manufacturing towable and static holiday caravans. Over the early years length of units varied between 14ft and 28ft and widths between 7’6″ and 9’6″ sizes.

Rapid expansion


Flat roof


Major change


New production


Award winners


The new millennium


The new millennium saw double glazing and central heating becoming standard/or an optional feature with all models. A pitched roof made of plastisol coated galvanised steel became the norm on all models. The smaller 10ft wide models were dropped and the extra long/wide 42ft x 14 ft Park Lane and Knightsbridge were manufactured.

First twin unit


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