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Belliss & Morcom


master brummie
Isn't it amazing what is still found after many years. I hope these records are preserved by being put into a library.

Thank you for the link Jennyann.:)

Bill Parker

master brummie
I remember the big air compressors they used to make. I used to work at Dartmouth Auto Castings No3 Foundry, Rabone Lane Smethwick, now trading, I believe, as Darcast Crankshafts.

They had quite a few Bellis and Morcom Compressors for the mainly air operated moulding machines.

Some time later I was foundry technician in a small jobbing foundry in Amblecote, Stourbridge. They made several large Castings for Bellis and Morcom on a regular basis. One was a water pump and it took about two days to be cored up, it weighted about three tonnes and had to be cast in a pit as the crane could not lift the ladle high enough.

It took two ladles to cast up and had two feeds if I remember correctly, the casters nick named it "The Clock" as it looked like a mantle clock layed on its side.


master brummie
Does any one remember a Graham Powell (Satch) who worked at B&M. He lived in Hockley and was married to a girl called Brenda.

It would help if anyone does



Staff member
hi all.. ive just received a copy of a pic i ordered from the archives..its the inside of the summer lane power station 1905 showing a bellis and morcom steam engine...i will also post it under the summer lane thread....



gone but not forgotten
does anybody recall don mapstone
he worked in the accounts department at bellis morcom many years ago and later left and took on the job as secretary at the ward end ex service mans club for the british legion in ward end
best wishes astonian ;;;


master brummie
bellis and morcam steam engines...summer lane power station...1905
Very interesting photo.
There are photos of the insides of Dale End and Summer Lane Power Stations in the booklet "Souvenir of the Birmingham Undertaking 1900-1948" held in the Birmingham Reference Library.The photo also appears in the book "Powering Forward" by W.Robert Taylor.



Brummie babby
My dad Sammy Cotterill Worked their when he was a youngster. He leart his plumbing trade there.

Dont remeber many stores ecept one incident when he nefariouly aquired petrol for his motor.......



My Dad was at Beliss & Morcom during the war and worked on submarine engines.
He was in the Home Guard, but I don't know if it was based at Belliss & Morcom. He used to patrol over the dam at the Reservoir. I wish I had listened more carefully to the stories, but it's too late now, as he died in 1979.


Brummie babby
My Dad was at Beliss & Morcom during the war and worked on submarine engines.
He was in the Home Guard, but I don't know if it was based at Belliss & Morcom. He used to patrol over the dam at the Reservoir. I wish I had listened more carefully to the stories, but it's too late now, as he died in 1979.
yes i know what you mean rosie
My passed away in 97. If i had known i would have sat him and mom doen for a month with a tape recorder, pen and paper and noted everything.

if you have kids just make sure you leave them some info to save them having the trouble we are having :)
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gone but not forgotten
My sister's husband served his time at B&M and worked there in the drawing office in the '60s till he left for a job with BCC Water Dept (later given away to Severn Trent). He once described how they tested pumps and marine engines in the nearby cut. There's quite a lot more about B&M over on Mac Joseph's Old Ladywood site: https://www.oldladywood.co.uk/bellis.htm


master brummie
I remember playing cricket for Newey & Eyre quite regularly at the Bellis & Morcomb sprts ground in Highfield Lane in the late 60s. Is it still there?


Thank you for the link Oisin. I remember Dad saying it made a noise when they did test!


gone but not forgotten
Hi guys
i thought i might just ad a little bit more to the previous thread of mine
the don mapstone whom worked in the accounts department was a friend of len weston
whom was the chair man of the ward end ex servicemans club ward end and held office in the british legion
ranks and i do not mean just the club don served in the royal navvy good at accounts
so when len knew where don was he asked him to get involved with the club so he became the secretary for len at the club which was one of the biggest legion club in the midlands i have heard recently that len had died
but i was wondering about don and does any body recall him at belliss
i can recall belliss myself only for the fact when i was about 12 we would drop down the bridge and scramble onto there barges and un lease them from there mooring on sundays and see them float of and some times
on to the main route of the cannal towards gas strret and the monument rd bridge
when i think about it now just how boreing we was kids and troublesom to other people
but i reflect back on toidayus youth and kids of that age
they are experienceing the same slot as we did no where to go and bored stiff
the only things we never done was arm to old people nor did we cheek our olders for the fear of getting a clip around the ear ole so i think it was apart of growing up at twelve
but we never took pills or sunstances of any kind like todays kids
we just thoughjt of it for a laugh of seeing the barge drift from the mooring and thinking when they came back to work on monday they would see there barge out in the middle of the cut
have a nice day guys best wishes astonion


My Dad was an apprentice at Belliss & Morcom before the war, my grandfather was an engineer there. I believe he worked on a Prototype Diesel engine for a submarine X1,he went up the Clyde to oversee it,Must have been sometime in the Twenties! My dad died in 2005,but my cousins have some records of it all.