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GEC WITTON WORKS

Ray Griffiths

master brummie
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I found this from my fathers time at GEC / PP.
His name was Horace Cane and I believe he worked in Small Motors (?)
This booklet is interesting for GEC people with items like photos and write up of the various Sports Club secretaries.
I will scan an post more pages.
Have you photo of Horace Cane he's one of two people I think it might be
I think he was either an inspector or a fitter who used to work next to Ralph Kay who I worked with assembling Hobart Bacon machine motors in the Small Motor
 

Phil King

New Member
Hi I was an apprentice 1964-69 worked everywhere and played for the Colts lol, they got rid of me as fast as they could as the place was beginning to wind down, however someone asked me recently "Did GEC make generators and switchgear for the now decommissioned power plant in Cumbria?" I say decommissioned but I mean switched off with a load of work to be completed.
 

Phil King

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I am surprised at how little activity there is on this post, GEC was one of the biggest employers in the city when I was an apprentice there 1964-69, it was bit like a small town and people had worked there for years, my dad worked there making bespoke things on a lathe cant remember which section. I must have worked everywhere Apprentice Training centre, Switchgear, Transformer, Switchgear test, travelled to Lowestoft to do "Outside Erection" on substations. I suppose the industry was changing in the 70's and GEC was a bit of a dinosaur so broken up and revamped. In the time I was there the Magnet Club thrived, snooker tables, cheap beer, the canteen where the "Apprentices Assc." held it Christmas dance. Others must remember! The crush for the buses, the pinball machines in the "caffs" the chippy.........
 

Ray Griffiths

master brummie
Hi guys;
I guys i know we have alot of old ex employee,swhom worked at the old G C E Witton
so i thought i would down load a couple for them , 4 in total
1, home gaurd and one of the reunion for old employee,s meet up
and two showing the workers at work in there departments of works
I do have others photographs but i will spread it out over the week
Here they are as follows i hope one or two of you may reconised some one at some point
004 Is the Transformer Dept which was the first door on the right as you walk through Main Gate, my mother worked on winding potential coils which a very fine copper wire wound on insulation it took days to manfacture
 

Martyn

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keep posting ( many more on the other GEC site guy's) love to see the place I spent over 30 year's ;0))
A wartime photo of the night shift and a few other pics from aroundbIMG_0021.jpg the same time
 

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Mike Bond

master brummie
Great photograph's Martyn, I served my Engineering Apprenticeship in the 60's ending up in the New Turbo Shop but I spent a few months in the main fitting shop. I was always fascinated by the huge lathes and boring machines and the tremendous responsibility those skilled machinists had- one mistake *******. Mike.
 

Jeannie

master brummie
Wow great to see all those photos, I found them so interesting as my dad Harry Baller worked at GEC for many years must have been back in the late 40 ‘s 50’s
 

Ray Griffiths

master brummie
Great pictures spent a lot of time during 1950's in main test whilst serving my time in the Big Shop.
It was a nightmare to work in main test with cables all over the place and oil on the metal beds it was like an ice rink.
Memories of working with Jack Orton he only had about a dozen hairs on his head and he used to plaster them down with hands full of hair cream making his head shine.
Jack was a hard task master to work with he say I'll show you once how to do it and with that he'd disappear and if it wasn't done when he came back yu'd get a right ticking off.
I think the stator shell on the boring machine looks like the Alternator built for the Jersey Power Supply.
When this generator was shipped to Jersey they had no cranes on dockside to lift it from the Royal Navy landing craft which was to ship it to Island.
To carry out this operation they done a dummy run and dropped the dummy load in the sea, I'll bet somebody had his back side kicked.
Thank for show these pictures they bring back both happy worrying memories of Jack the apprentice nightmare fitter to work with.
 

Martyn

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I'm pleased that the photos were of some interest, here's a few more. I can only assume 'D' is of a mobile searchlight built during the war. The others are of a foreign (Russian?) delegation probably early 1950s to the Engineering Machining Division? with 'B' showing them admiring a Magnet Wheel Body destined for Tasmania.
 

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Ray Griffiths

master brummie
I'm pleased that the photos were of some interest, here's a few more. I can only assume 'D' is of a mobile searchlight built during the war. The others are of a foreign (Russian?) delegation probably early 1950s to the Engineering Machining Division? with 'B' showing them admiring a Magnet Wheel Body destined for Tasmania.
The magnet wheel was one six 25 Megawatt for Tunatinah Hydro Electric Scheme in Tasmania.
The visit wasn’t the Russian visit of Malankof the State Minister for Power, it might have been the Australian customers
 

Ray Griffiths

master brummie
Has anybody got any information about the where abouts of Reg Marlow Turbo Dept I believe he moved to Lincolnshire some years ago
 

bobbaldry

New Member
Hi guy's you will see some faces from the EDO Pic on this one of Pasrson's Tyburn Road office after the move from Witton.
When I moved to GEC Rugby aftyer Tyburn Road I found so many old faces it was like Witton all over again HAPPY DAY's
Wow, just came across a Parsons Tyburn Road staff photo posted by The Baron. I'm the 1 next to Jogi by the steps. Great to see faces from 30+years ago. I left Parsons to take up a position with Ashanti Goldfields in Ghana then I moved to Takoradi also in Ghana to run a limestone factory. I presently run a specialised chemicals company and a small hotel, check out africabeachhotel.com.
Bob Baldry
 
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