1896 of Pennington Motor Co., of Great Winchester Street, London, E.C.
1896 July: Appointed chief engineer of Pennington Motor Foreign Patent Syndicate and the West Australian Freight and Express Co, of Great Winchester Street, London, E.C.
1896 With William Baines, financial agent, both of Great Winchester Street, patented improvements in motor vehicles or wagons, in construction of motor vehicles, in portable pumping machinery using gas or oil engines, in anti-friction bearings for shafts and axles, in lubricators for oil engines.
1897 Associate of Inst of Civil Engineers
1897 With William Baines, financial agent, also of Great Winchester Street, patented improvements in electrically-driven sheep shearing or hair clipping machines, in oil engines,
1897 With William Baines, financial agent, and David Ferguson, also of Great Winchester Street, patented improvements in speed gearing for mechanically propelled vehicles, tricycles, and motor cars, and in the gearing and transmission of motor-propelled tricycles and other vehicles.
1898 With John Henry Toulmin and Thomas Coulthard, Senior, all of Cooper Road, Preston, patented improvements in compound steam, air or like engines.
The remainder of the Norris history does not appear to involve relevant technology.
of Pennington and Baines, 5 and 6, Great Winchester-street, London, E.C. (1897) - Pennington Motorcycles
The representative of the Kane-Pennington Company of America (1895)
1896 A director of the Pennington Motor Foreign Patents Syndicate
1896-7 A financial agent. With William Norris, both of Great Winchester Street, took out various patents concerning improvements in motor vehicles, in electrically-driven sheep shearing or hair clipping machines, and in gearing for mechanically-propelled vehicles.
1900 Edward Joel Pennington and William Baines, the elder carrying on business as Pennington and Baines at Hotel Grand Central, Marylebone Road, London, were declared bankrupt
Possibly this is William Baines, b 1816 Marylebone, London; died 1901 London; member of the London Stock Exchange.
Source: Graces Guide