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Charles Winn (valves) Ltd

Banjo

master brummie
Charles Winn started his business in 1859 as a plumbers merchant. The business ran for 141 years until it's closure in 2000. I had the privilege of working for Charles Winn (valves) Ltd as a Quality Control Inspector for just over 25 years. When I first started in 1974 they were located along Granville St - Commercial St - Washington St with the main entrance being on the corner of Granville St and Commercial St. They also had a holding stores for castings next to the canal in Granville St. The same year I joined, they were taken over by Delta. It was a rabbit warren of a building and you could get lost in it. It even had converted horse stables. In time it became too cluttered and outdated for a modern business model so in 1976 we moved to the old Fisher & Ludlow building in High St Bordesley. We remained there until we were closed down in 2000 and the business was transferred to Hindle Cockburn in Leeds. In the 24 years we were at Warwick St there were a few takeovers, the last one being Tyco Intl. I was the last employee ever to receive a 25yr service gold watch from Charles Winn Ltd, which I received 3 months before closure. charles winn copy 2.jpg
Here is a photo of the Charles Winn annual staff outing to the coast in 1895. The man himself is sitting on the front wearing a flat cap and cloak. This photo was copied from a company news sheet.
 

Banjo

master brummie
Cannot find a Sam Colwill, coach (or cab) proprietor in Kellysc
Hi Mike, this photo was taken outside of Sam Colwill's shop in Ilfracombe. So it looks like they are returning home from their annual outing. That's probably why they look so glum.
 

Banjo

master brummie
Not only did Winn's have their own on site foundry, they also had their own on site printers shop. This part calendar from 1972 was on their wall. I always found it funny so, I kept it when the printing shop closed down in the early 80s.Winn Calendar 1972.jpg
 

Banjo

master brummie
Incidentally, one of Charles Winn's Grandsons was Godfrey Winn, the journalist & television broadcaster of the 50s and 60s.
 

Banjo

master brummie
Winn's had a good social club up to 1977. Some of the Dinner dance tickets I obtained.
Winn Dances.jpg
Finally, newspaper article of the demise of Charles Winn (valves) Ltd and photos of the building in 2000 & 2019.
Winn closure.jpgWinn's building in 2000 and 2019.jpg
 

Edifi

master brummie
My wife worked for another Valve Co called Enots of Aston.Who moved to Lichfield in 1966.So we moved to Lichfield with them
 
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