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Haddon and Stokes Digbeth

skylark

Proud to be a Brummie !!
THOMAS HADDON and STOKES..DIGBETH ..factories


I worked there from 1956 until 1961 firstly as an office junior and then as telephonist.
 
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lynn winterton

Guest
hi
my nan worked at haddon & stokes around that time her name was madge kain, she met my step grandfather there his name was joseph somerville, they live in camp hill and when i used to go to stay with them i would walk down to meet joe at lunchtime and sit on the little wall and share his sandwiches!
lynn
 

Luluco

master brummie
I know of no ghost, but perhaps the Haddons were no longer part of the company when you knew people who worked there?
 

formula t

master brummie
i worked at haddon and stokes from 1972 till 1977 it was the best company i ever worked for.they looked after there workers,they had there own welfare department who would help with outside problems, they had there own surgery with skilled nurses, on site dentist. huge canteen, you could also get cooked meals from vending machines if you were on shift work and a great social club. at the end they were part of the gkn group. as for the ghost story atv today{now central news}did a report on it while i worked there but no ghost was found. there was a chap who used to take the old wipers down to the stores in the basement and as he was going back to the lift a man who he said was dressed oddly went into the lift he called to the man and said hold on i will come up with you but when he got to the lift there was no one in it. he would not go down there again on his own. some say it was the ghost of a man called john roberts who was burnt at the stake on that site years before when it was a church, for converting the bible into english. there used to be a plaque with this information on the wall outside i think they put it back onto the renault building
 

JDisney

Brummie babby
My father worked at Haddon & Stokes for about 30 years until his death in 1976. He used to look after the window boxes full of geraniums which were his pride and joy. His name was Bill Disney I'd be pleased to hear from anyone that remembers him.
 

ostrauts

Brummie babby
This is a photograph taken of Thomas Haddon & Stokes. The factory & offices were located in Digbeth. I thought I would share this photograph that my father kept from his time working there.

Did anyone else work there? And if so, did you know any of the Somervilles who worked there?
 

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csmith604

master brummie
My first job from leaving school was working there I worked in the Offices on the top floor, but often went through the factory. Oh the sights when the lads passed their apprenticeships, bet they dare not torment them now like they used to then. The factory was so noisy. Lovely canteen, and the meals in the vending machines were OK too. For a short time I went into a small office in the press shop, reading the quantities on the machine and noting breakdowns etc. The women there worked so hard, a special breed (It doesn't sound as worthy a description as they deserve - sorry). They remined me so much of my mother who I had seen working on machines at a brush factory. They were a great crowd!!!
 

diane james

New Member
I started work there in 1959. It was an amazing place, we had live groups there.
The Modernaires played there a few times.
I lived in Trinity Terrace. Off Camp Hill.
 

Mary keeling

New Member
I started work there in 1959. It was an amazing place, we had live groups there.
The Modernaires
THOMAS HADDON and STOKES..DIGBETH ..factories


I worked there from 1956 until 1961 firstly as an office junior and then as telephonist.
Mary keeling
I worked as a junior after leaving school in 1964 in till 1968 went into the typing pool and we used the first electronic typewriters in Brum called series sterling and decimal invoice estermaters they had golf balls instead of keys great times . I moved into the factory office my manager was Roger Scott. I met clive strong there who worked in development does any one know him today please
 

bob allcock

New Member
This is a photograph taken of Thomas Haddon & Stokes. The factory & offices were located in Digbeth. I thought I would share this photograph that my father kept from his time working there.

Did anyone else work there? And if so, did you know any of the Somervilles who worked there?
yes I worked there from 1962_ 78,bob allcock,ex apprentice,new all the somervilles,sadley recently met up with george and paul at alex,s funeral. until the lock down we,ex workers, have regular meet ups at the briar rose in bennetts hill.
 

BOBJ

knowlegable brummie
yes I worked there from 1962_ 78,bob allcock,ex apprentice,new all the somervilles,sadley recently met up with george and paul at alex,s funeral. until the lock down we,ex workers, have regular meet ups at the briar rose in bennetts hill.
Hi Bob,
I was an craft apprentice from 1966 to 1969, I did off the job training at Garretts Green and worked at W H Small, went to the Heath Street Training school for a while and was in maintenance at H&S. I still have my log book from the Training School signed by Tom Hobourn and complete with my first payslip net pay £3.18. 8. I remember your name as an ex apprentice but cannot put a face to the name, mind you it has been 54 years ago. I left in 1969 following a disagreement with David Lloyd on my future training. I was sad to go but it worked out ok in the end. regards Bob
 

bob allcock

New Member
Hi Bob,
I was an craft apprentice from 1966 to 1969, I did off the job training at Garretts Green and worked at W H Small, went to the Heath Street Training school for a while and was in maintenance at H&S. I still have my log book from the Training School signed by Tom Hobourn and complete with my first payslip net pay £3.18. 8. I remember your name as an ex apprentice but cannot put a face to the name, mind you it has been 54 years ago. I left in 1969 following a disagreement with David Lloyd on my future training. I was sad to go but it worked out ok in the end. regards Bob
HI BOB, THANKS FOR YOUR REPLY,[ SPENT A COUPLE OF MONTHS AT SMALLS LEARNING ABOUT PRESS TOOLS.A FEW NAMES YOU MIGHT REMEMBER ,JOHN MONROE, KEITH NEWBURY, BILLY BRITTON. I DO REMEMBER TOM AND LlOYD ALTHOUGH JIM COCKROFT AND DAVID PLANT RAN APPRENTICE TRAINING IN MY TIME AND MY GOOD FRIEND BOB KAINE AFTER THEM. BEST DAYS OF MY LIFE . TAke care bob.
 

BOBJ

knowlegable brummie
Hi Bob,

I remember John Munroe, I think he was works manager at Smalls and ended up running the tool room at H&S, certainly way above my pay grade. I worked for a lovely guy when I was there called Charlie Gough who was like a kindly granddad figure, he was a charge hand ( there is a title from the past), his brother Frank was the foreman . I worked on the pressed nut tapping machines apparently designed by Mr Small himself.

I also had another unexpected educational experience when I was there.There was a mature Welsh female press operator (name withheld to protect the innocent) who was very fond of men in general and young ones in particular. Let us say as an innocent 16 year old from an all boys school, I learned things and was made propositions that I did not know happened in the real world. I think I was damaged for life and today would need counselling, but then it was a great story for your mates, I think I am over it now.


I remember Jim or Mr Cockcroft as we knew him and he had an assistant in my time called Ken Buckley who was a nice guy and took us camping etc. When at H&S on mantenanance I worked for another lovely old guy called Joe Reid, ( who had been injured in WW2 daylight raids on BSA ) he taught me lots about engineering and life and treated me like a son. As you said good days

Regards

Bob
 
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