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Great King Street memories

silhouette53

master brummie
My father worked at Lucas's Great King Street in the central toolroom up to his death in 1976 at the age of 56.  I too remember the wonderful Christmas parties for employees children, what organisation - it all ran like clockwork.  Attached is a photo of the central toolroom when the Queen visited Lucas in the 50's  My Dad is on the right in the first pic in the grinders shop.  In the second pic with HRH in, he has written on the back of the photo : "Just coming out of jig borers shop, she is directly in front of me on this one"
 

jennyann

master brummie
Staff member
Re Lucas's where my mother worked as a secretary in the early l930's at Great King Street. There is a photo on their memories site of office personnel from the early l930's and I am 99% sure that my mother is on this photo. She is the second from the left on the second row down from the back. She is wearing a smock which she told me that the girls in the typing pool had to wear. I think the lady on the end at her left is the Supervisor, one Miss Blaby, whom my mother told me a lot about over the years and she bought my Mother one engraved champagne glass on Christmas which we still have today. Here is the site for the photo https://www.lucasmemories.co.uk/dev/lucas_memories2c.htm
It's the seventh photo down the page in Gallery 2

Here is a photo of my Mother taken in the early l930's
 
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mike-g

Guest
Opening of S5 concert hall

Souvenir Programme of the opening of S5 Concert Hall in1956
 
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Wendy

Guest
Mike, I bet Jackie would love these pictures for her Lucas Site!
 
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mike-g

Guest
Found on youtube

[ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRsPH3Wo1gw"]YouTube - A History of Lucas[/ame]
 

ChrisM

Super Moderator
Staff member
With the help of his son, Lencops and Jackie Hill I have recently assembled some information commemorating a longstanding employee at Great King Street, George Harry Griffiths. George Griffiths was in the Experimmental Workshop and served as a lieutenant in the Home Guard unit which was attached to the factory between 1940 and 1944.

The page can be viewed here and includes images of many Lucas employees then serving in the Home Guard. If anyone can help with further identification of individuals and locations, this would be very much appreciated.

Chris
 

lencops

gone but not forgotten
Morning Chris, A well deserved memorial to George Griffiths and Lucas Home Guard and all members of Britains Home Guard. Len.
 

Jackie Hill

Gone but not forgotten. R.I.P.
Hi Chris

What a brilliant tribute to Goerge Griffith, I bet his family are so proud to see what you have put on your website

Good luck for the future, keep up the good work

Jackie
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
what a lovely tribute to george griffiths....his family will be very proud of it....thanks to all concerned for making it possible..

astoness:)
 

demoned2

crazy brummie
does anyone remember this man john giblin,from lucas factory in great king street..he married valerie brueton who worked there too ...
 

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
does anybody recall georgie jelf whom caused a strike there way back in the sixtyies i think it was
as he his a relative to us; and to another member of this forum jaynews it was a prolomged strike
and made the head lines of the evening mail i beleived he worked there for donkeys years
some think to do with him parking his car in the car park ; he is now in his ninetys and going strong as ever
he used to stand for election for many years in small heath ; he is infact my mothers cousin
have a nice day best wishes astonian
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
thats an amazing pic stars..i cant recall seeing that one before...

cheers

lyn
 

stars

master brummie
Hi


Here are some photos of inside Lucas's at Great King St.












Here is one of the large presses











And here is one of a shop in broad st selling Lucas products.





Regards Stars
 
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BernardR

Guest
A T Gittins (I worked for them for a year or so) was more than simply a shop it offered full servicing and repair for Lucas, Girling and CAV products including guarantee work. I worked at Irvine Street.
 

stars

master brummie
Hi Lyn
Thats how i remember it. Such a large factory employing so many people,
it must have been devastating for the area when it shut down.



Stars
 

stars

master brummie
Hi Bernie
Hope it brought back good memories, and thanks for the information.


Stars
 

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
HI THERE SOME-ONE MENTIONED SOME-ONE WORKING THERE ALL IS LIFE AND RETIRED AND PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 56 -
WELL MY UNCLE GEORGE JELF IS STILL LIVING AND HE HIS NINETY YEARS OF AGE AND STILL GOING STRONG AND LIVING OVER IN WEOLY CASTLE ;
BIRMINGHAM AND HE WAS A BIG TRADE UNIONIST FOR THE METAL TRADE I THINK IT WAS YOU CAN LEARN ALL ABOUT HIM ON GOOGLE BY TYPING IN GEORGE JELF EVEN THOU HE MAY HAVE CAUSED A RUMPUS WITH SOME SILLY SECURITY OVERNOTHINK HE DONE ALOT OF GOOOD FOR THE BIRMINGHAM PEOPLE
INCLUDING CONVERLESONS HOME IN WALE WHICH YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT IT ON GOOGLE LIKE I DID ;
I LEARNT OF HIS NAME THROUGH MY MOTHER MANY years ago when he it the head lines of creating a strike and walk out because it was some think to do with the dammed car parking when she seen his name on the head lines it was then she spoke of him and said look this man is my cousin
and told me of his back ground a being a councuillor with in the small heath ward for donkeys years since he was young and came back from canada
and the rest of the family fell out with him over his beleives but she never did fall out with george as they was great mates and friends as being 1 st cousins
it also on google it states he played a big part of the people of birmingham by getting them houses on chelmsley wood when it first was built it apparently was a high percentage of birmingham people of getting there house thereso he must have done some good also involved with the old birmingham city councill
in there early years of being formed along with and great friends of freda cox and co ;
but also my mother told us that many years years ago i do not which war it was but the jelfs father or there grand father used to go to great king street
with a cart and sell sandwiches and tea to the night workers of lucas,s out side there gates and thats how he made the money
for a little shop down sumer lane end and he would put a great big joint of cooking meat with windows steaming up and stand in the window with a cheffs
tall top hat and done well in making his money for the family when i was a young lad i used to walk down there to great kings street and think of the storiesmy mother told me about her family and knowing of all the coffee shops they had around the birmingham --aston area as well
and i would always look in to see if i seen my grand father in any of them but there again i do not think for one minute they would have spoke to me because they shunned my mother like george for going away with the commoner and gold digger like my old man;
i have heard stories before ; but two years ago i went to see george at his house in weoly castle and he said the same thing ; yes alan i remember your mom and dad he cause problems because he had a drink problem and he lived with us for awhille at new cannal street
because they ansells draymen deliver casked s of beers every week for there big party s which was often ;
so i cannot great king street and georgiejelf whomworked there for decades ; yes its sad to have seen and lost thefactory at grt king street
just like loseing the car industry ; don,t get to carried away andget excuted with rover and jaguar because it will disapear the same was as longbridge and drews lane ; astonian
 

walt00

master brummie
Hi All
When Lucas's was Demolished i had the job of Dismantling and saving that Clock in the Centre.
Wal
 
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