Oh I forgot to mention in the Testers Pic The kid in the white tee shrt was the lad that filled the bikes up and trhe one in the overall coat was a really good friend of mine Norman Dawes . Norman died a few years back Very sad Cheers Old Brummie
I worked for the BSA in the Export Sales Department from July 1957 just after I got married and
went to live in Small Heath and thought it too far to travel to Norton Motors in Aston!! This was just after the Bernard Docker era and BSA was making the Gold Star a wonderful motorbike. The Japanese were just starting to make inroads into our motorcycle industry then.
I could weep when I think of all the old famous firms which have gone by the wayside as listed by Aston, plus Norton Motors, Sun Cycles, Dunlop (my dad would turn in his grave if he knew what happened to them - he started at Aston Cross when he came out of the army about 1919/1920 moved to Pype Hayes with them, and worked there until he retired in 1966). Also Ansells, M & B, Atkinsons Breweries (my first job) so many. Birmingham was known as the workshop of the world - I dread to think what the future holds.
Louis Dalby Hi Louis The pic comes up O.K. You can see the crane on the skline. if you look carefully BTW ...in the pic of the testers I said the man next to Flash Rodgers was named Brian Sorry I am mixed up a bit ........his nam was alan He had a brother who worked on the assy line nickname Jimpy had an an accident which left him with a slight limp.. His nam was Jim so got called Jimpy I got the pic of the main office opened O.K Oh yes the crane was the one that unloaded the coal for the foundry .It had a big grabber at the end which opened and closed automatically Cheers Oldbrummy
.......I noticed going down the small heath bypass that a piece of building was still there All glass windows, was this part of the BSA,the Singer car facory looked very similar,on the cov road where ASDA is now but I can,t remember how far back it was before the Bypass,anyone else remember this
Shelagh i posted this on one of the threads: I worked at BSA Guns factory, Blossomfield Rd, Shirley, it was demolished and the site now is a retail shopping park, the factory was a Shadow Factory built by the government in WW2 to get the company away from the heavy bombing of Armoury Rd, Small Heath. Len.
Peter, I started at BSA Guns in 1959 as Machine Maintenance Fitter left in 1961, the Foreman was Wal Ashley, the Works Manager was named Clayton, he had a habit of going round the sections clapping his hands to encourage more production so he was nicknamed "Clapper" Clayton, did you have your haircut in the barbers shop on site which was a legacy from the WW2 years?. more another time if you are interested. Len.Hi
I was an Apprentice at BSA From 1953 to1959 initially starting at Armory Rd and finishing at BSA Guns Shirley, ending up in the Drawing Office.
Here are a couple of pics taken at BSA Guns
Pic1 shows me hard at work in the D.O.
Pic2  this was some sort of social evening and shows me at the table with partner Francis Clayton [who I think was the Toolroom Foreman]
The arrow is pointing to my girlfriend at the time and it must have been serious as we have now been married for 48 years.