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Bsa Factory1940s Onwards

Old Brummy

master brummie
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
 

Old Brummy

master brummie
Capt Black Lets see if Louis can get the picture up of the egine, It may be the pic I am refering to .Otherwise I will have a go at sending the copy I have but Louis will no doubt sort things out .He is much better at this P>C> stuff than I am Oldbtummie
 

Louis Dalby

The Ham Man
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

Hi Joe, many thanks for the names I will add them to the picture. I don't understand why the engine picture will not open up for you has it is OK for me, I always do a test before I post. I will try a differant way with a covering note. Thanks again for the names. Rgds Lou.

ps. I think lad on the pumps must have taken over when John was called up for service. LGD.
 

mw0njm.

Brummie Dude
hi all.iworked for the bsa in 1964 and was on the beagle track,putting the cyl heads together that is when i was not exploring the basement.and comp shop.what a great place to work for,and the canteen meals for a tanner,great stuff.ba section no 414 i will allways remember that no.
pete
 

Louis Dalby

The Ham Man
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.

Hi, I have attached a picture of the main office, I did this on my last post to you but people could not open it so I have sent it in a differant format. I expect you remember it. Rgds Lou Dalby.

https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2187/2344667073_651954e118_o.jpg
 

Old Brummy

master brummie
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
 

Old Brummy

master brummie
Captblack Lois dalby has posted the pic I was talking about . You can see the crane. It show up much better on the scan of the pic.. Off to Melbourne right now to see my brother Hal who worked in the BSA service dept around the 1950 period Cheers Old Brummy
 

Louis Dalby

The Ham Man
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

Yes I remember the crane, I used the road a longside the railway has my Bantem test route also the bridge over the canal on to the tip. I did my Trainspotting down there at break time oh the 9.00 ex Snow Hill to Padd always a King, Happy Days. Lou.
 
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Irishbrummie

Guest
I was the Training Center Armoury Road 1969-70 circa. It cater for Apprentices from all around the Midlands,indeed, the world, as my best mate then hailed from Mexico City [English father.]
Just three weeks ago I gave a lift to two Yanks up here who'd begin at a BSA bike rally on the Isle Man
 
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Irishbrummie

Guest
.......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

Opps forgot to mentiom that the building you saw was our Training Center.
 

mw0njm.

Brummie Dude
yes the singer factory did look a bit like the bsa,any on have any pics of it in coventry rd.dont know if there is a pic of the bsa,here is another.
 

Old Brummy

master brummie
Just got 4 really good pics from Lou Dalby .One of then shows a little bit of the corner of Armoury Rd where it meets Golden Hillok Rd. Opposite side to factory of course...... There used to be a coffee shop on that corner and poking around this siie and also the other Birminham Forum site ,I have seen a very good picture of theCoffes shop. Does anyone know who put this pic on the site Cheers Old Brummy
 
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Peter Madkins

Guest
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.

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[1958] shows me hard at work in the D.O.

Pic2 [1958] 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.

Pete
 

Shelagh

Shelagh
Hi Pete,
It appears you left the BSA the year my dad died(still Employed)strange quirk.

I have been looking at the BARRA site that Lencops suggested for the injured and killed in the Blitz,I notice that Elliotts LTD lost a lot of their employee's ,what did they make? or was it when they were just targeting Brum

Shelagh
 

lencops

gone but not forgotten
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[1958] shows me hard at work in the D.O.

Pic2 [1958] 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.

Pete
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.
 
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Peter Madkins

Guest
Hi Len
Thanks for putting me right about Francis Clayton and no I never went to the site barber.

Pete
 

lencops

gone but not forgotten
Hi Pete, I don`t know if the Clayton you were playing table tennis with was "Clapper" Clayton, the Christmas shows put on by the workers were great entertainment, on the Christmas holiday break up day everybody packed in working at midday and went to the canteen to see the show on the stage there top bosses included and as it was licensed the spirits, beer and misletoe flowed for rest of the afternoon until the last person went home, did you know "Joe" Teleky who was a designer & was boss of the experimental toolroom?, if my memory is good the works toolroom foreman was named Minton he always wore a suit and Trilby hat, what year did you leave the "Guns" Pete?. Len.
 

lindyloo

master brummie
I have 8 pages from The BSA Group News, December 1959, which features my late Gt Uncle Horace Ford. The pages contain quite a few names and photographs.
Would anyone like me to try and post the information and photos on here and am I doing this in the right place ?..Im New to this...!!!
 
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