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J. R. Gaunt & Son Ltd., Warstone Works

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Warstone

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I am researching the firm of J. R. Gaunt & Son Ltd., of Warstone Parade Works, Warstone Parade East, B18 6NU, who at their peak were the largest manufacturers of Military Accoutrements in the British Empire. The works filled the top end of Warstone Parade East, extending back to Pemberton (formally Alfred) Street, off Warstone Lane, beside the cemetery in the Jewellery Quarter.

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Does anyone have any images of Warstone Works, especially photographs, internal or external? Built in 1913, the building was unfortunately demolished in 1982.


I am also interested in advertising literature of any type or era that the company produced or any other records to do with them and tracing anyone who may have worked there before the company moved to the Icknield Street site.
 
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BernardR

Guest
Warstone you may already be aware of this on the British and Commonwealth Badge Forum but other members will hopefully find it interesting.
 

maggs

master brummie
I remember Gaunts well, as I lived just off Warstone Lane. A relative of mine worked there for years.
 

leslam

Brummie by marriage
I have a stack of Gaunts in my research - in Birmingham, London and Worcester. I also have an inherited parchment tree that was professionally compiled in the early 1900s. I haven't done any work on this branch for a while, but I'll have a look at my research at some point to see if any of it dovetails with this.
 

Warstone

New Member
I have a stack of Gaunts in my research - in Birmingham, London and Worcester. I also have an inherited parchment tree that was professionally compiled in the early 1900s. I haven't done any work on this branch for a while, but I'll have a look at my research at some point to see if any of it dovetails with this.

Thank you, that would be really helpful.

The main Gaunts involved with the Company were:

[Richard Gaunt of Rowley Regis]
Gaunt, James Richard (J R Gaunt)
Gaunt, Charles Frederick (the Son)
Gaunt, Walter Frances (brother to C.F.)
Gaunt, John Richard (last Chairman)

If any of the first 4 establish a connection to the family tree you mention I'd be most interested in hearing more
 

Badger

New Member
My father, Eric Watts, was appointed Managing Director of Gaunts at the time of their takeover by the Birmingham Mint in the early 1970's. He had worked there over 25 years, having previously been Sales Manager, General Manager and Director. Sadly, he passed away in 1973. I've attached a photograph of him here with a colleague, standing in front of a JR Gaunt's van. Dad is on the left. I think I have some advertising literature from that time tucked away somewhere.GAUNTS 1.jpg
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
lovely pic of your dad badger..would love to see some old advertising literature..

lyn
 

Warstone

New Member
That was taken outside the loading bay entrance to the basement in Pemberton (Alfred) Street. Roughly where the India Visa office is now. Great picture and I've heard Eric Watts was a 'vigorous' Brummie. Apparently he didn't appreciate the 'J R Gaunt London' marks on a lot of the badges and quietly changed the dies when they wore out to read 'J R Gaunt Birmingham'.

Do you have any other photographs of the works, employees and I'd like to hear more about the advertising literature when you have time to find it.
 

Badger

New Member
Well, how amazing! Thanks for your comments Lyn and Warstone, both. I never quite knew what my Dad got up to at work, and forty odd years have passed since then, so words rather fail me at the moment. I love the idea of Dad changing the dies - brilliant, thank you for that. I will try to unearth the few bits and pieces of Gaunt's stuff that I have left - there's not very much I'm afraid, but I'll see what there is and take some photos of it.

Hope your research is going well, Warstone.

Steve
 

Badger

New Member
This is what I've found. It relates, I think, to the factory at Broseley. As I recall, this was of some concern to Dad - maybe in relation to the takeover by the Birmingham Mint?


GAUNTS 2.jpgGAUNTS 3.jpg


Steve
 

valbern1

proper brummie kid
Hi Colin, don`t know what your interest in J.R.Gaunts is,I served my time in the toolroom there,and my wife worked in the office,perhaps we knew each other??
 

Warstone

New Member
Hi Colin, don`t know what your interest in J.R.Gaunts is,I served my time in the toolroom there,and my wife worked in the office,perhaps we knew each other??

Hello,

What were the years your wife & yourself worked there? Do you happen to have any photographs of the original works at all or contact with any other former employees of the company who worked there pre-1982?
 

valbern1

proper brummie kid
Hi Colin,Val and I worked at Gaunts from approx. 1950/1957,and we have memories of so many people,many of which can be termed as "characters",unfortunately we have lost touch with them all,many would have passed on by this time. there was Geoffrey Hughes who also served his time in the toolroom,along with Harry Jorden ,John Chance from the button shop,so many others.I could go on for hours, the girls in the press shop,the enamellers,it was a different world.If I can help , just ask.Bernie D.
 

Daz kitch

New Member
Hi all, I am a former Royal Marine, and I was given a RM pin by a eldery former Marine and I have been trying to find information about it and wondered if any of you fine people could help me in my quest, I have only seen six in existence, I have 3, two of my RM brothers each have 1 and I missed out on one on EBay.

thanks in advance.
Daz.414083F1-A7A2-4EA7-97CE-127F21A6E667.jpeg
 

Daz kitch

New Member
Hi all, I am a former Royal Marine, and I was given a RM pin by a eldery former Marine and I have been trying to find information about it and wondered if any of you fine people could help me in my quest, I have only seen six in existence, I have 3, two of my RM brothers each have 1 and I missed out on one on EBay.

thanks in advance.
Daz.View attachment 141390
 

pash

proper brummie kid
My father, Eric Watts, was appointed Managing Director of Gaunts at the time of their takeover by the Birmingham Mint in the early 1970's. He had worked there over 25 years, having previously been Sales Manager, General Manager and Director. Sadly, he passed away in 1973. I've attached a photograph of him here with a colleague, standing in front of a JR Gaunt's van. Dad is on the left. I think I have some advertising literature from that time tucked away somewhere.View attachment 89531
My mother Margaret Ashford worked at Gaunt's for over 30 years up until 1980, regret she passed in January 1981 she used to solder the fasteners to the back of badges.
 

pash

proper brummie kid
Hi Colin,Val and I worked at Gaunts from approx. 1950/1957,and we have memories of so many people,many of which can be termed as "characters",unfortunately we have lost touch with them all,many would have passed on by this time. there was Geoffrey Hughes who also served his time in the toolroom,along with Harry Jorden ,John Chance from the button shop,so many others.I could go on for hours, the girls in the press shop,the enamellers,it was a different world.If I can help , just ask.Bernie D.
Did you know my mother Margaret Ashford who worked at Gaunt's soldering the fastenings to the back of badges, she passed away in 1981
 
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