Help us celebrate
40 years of making light work
2016 is an exciting year for everyone connected with DW Windsor. April 12th we celebrated 40 years in business, 40 years of British design and manufacturing and 40 years of working with great people on fantastic projects all around the world. Happy birthday us!
As part of our 40th birthday celebrations we launched a competition to win a trip of a lifetime; a New York City experience staying in the centre of Times Square with 40 Braun Classic watches for our runners-up. The competition closed on the 10th July. Thank you for all your entries.
Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for more. #LightBeginsAt40
Competition terms here.
Win a bite of the Big Apple…
To celebrate this landmark year, we’re giving away a trip of a lifetime; you could win return flights to New York City, plus three nights’ accommodation in a 4-star hotel, right on Times Square. And if you’re not the lucky one jetting off to the Big Apple, we’ve also got 40 Braun Classic watches to give away to runners-up.
To enter this exciting competition*, simply fill in your contact details and answer three multiple-choice questions (all answers can be found on this page). The winners will be randomly selected from all correct entries – good luck!
*Terms and conditions apply. Competition closes at 10.06.2016 (extended by one week due to popular demand)
40 things you might not know about us
As you can tell, we’re very proud of our history and our heritage. You probably already know a little about us, but we’re certain there’s a lot more to us than meets the eye. We’ve enjoyed putting our heads together to come up with these 40 interesting facts about us, so we hope you enjoy reading them!
1. DW Windsor was founded by David Webster, a born entrepreneur and child of the war years
2. The DW Windsor name is derived from our founders initials David Webster and the first ever product we manufactured: Windsor
3. The style and name of our Windsor luminaire was inspired by German inventor and one of the first pioneers of gas lighting in the UK, Frederick Albert Windsor (originally Friedrich Albrecht Winzer). Winsor demonstrated the first public street lighting with gas (the gas was a flammable gaseous fuel made from distilling coal) in Pall Mall, London on January 28th, 1807
4. We’re something of an accident: In 1970 Street Lighting Contractor, David Webster Limited of Stansted Abbotts was struggling to find suitable lanterns for cast iron lamp posts, acquired via various modernisation schemes, which he planned to sell on. David began to investigate replica luminaires and in December 1975 we received our first order for 250 lamp posts and 50 lanterns for delivery the following spring
5. DW Windsor was born on April 12th 1976, that’s the day the first production batch of Windsor luminaires began
6. The same month and year that Stephen Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer in the garage of Jobs’ parents’ house in Cupertino, California (Happy Birthday to us)
7. Save your Kisses for Me (Brotherhood of Man) was number 1 in the UK charts (and was for 6 weeks)
8. Our first product, a Windsor Street was sold for £160
9. On the 21st April 1977 the company name D.W.Windsor Limited was registered
10. Our first logo featured a Windsor lantern on an Oxford lamppost within what we affectionately came to call our ‘egg’
11. In May 1976 we produced our first ever single product brochure
12. David’s car was often used in early site photography, a Morgan – the 1st of its type to ever be sold to the general public and 2nd of its kind ever manufactured. The Morgan is special due to its wooden frame. David’s son, and DW Windsor shareholder, Tom Webster still owns the car
13. In 1980 Covent Garden, converted from its original marketplace, reopened as an exclusive retail and leisure destination. DW Windsor were proud to design and manufacture the lighting – each lantern was 1.5m tall and were known internally by the name ‘Pineapple’. This was due to the fruit being on the top of each of the lanterns. Little known fact; Covent Garden market was the first place to sell pineapples when they were first brought into Europe
14. If you stacked all of the Windsor Street’s that we’ve sold, in the last 10 years, on top of each other they’d be the same height as 5 Shard’s
15. DW Windsor Group donates 23% of its profits to The David Webster Charitable Trust (UK Charity No. 1055111) – a charity set up to support environmental and conservation projects and the preservation of historic buildings
16. David Webster was the first private sector contractor to be awarded President of the ILE (now ILP)
17. Our flagship product, Windsor, is still made as it was in 1976 – hand-made from Copper using traditional techniques
18. In 1986 we won the contract to light the South Bank of the Thames. Large sphere luminaires and ornate columns which, due to their size and weight, had to be transported by barge
19. We’re proud to have worked on a number of high profile landmark projects include Downing Street, Bluewater Retail Park, Tower Bridge, The Peak in Hong Kong