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Thomas Eaves Screws & Rivets Firm

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incachick9560

Guest
Does anybody know anything about a firm called 'Thomas Eaves' which was located in Holloway Head? I'm not sure of the exact years of business, but my grandfather, Thomas Jones was Managing Director and had contracts with the Royal Navy during the 2nd World War.

I understand he sold out to Guest, Keen & Nettlefield @ some stage.
 

ericB

New Member
Thomas Eaves was inherited by Leslie Eaves in 1928 after his father died late in 1927. Leslie became 21 yrs early 1928. On doing so he invited Gordon Bill to become Works Manager. He had been one of the first two new apprentices under the guidance of Mr Booth the new apprentice supervisor at GKN Smethwick. Having been trained by GKN he was well qualified. to do the job. Mr Eaves died in 1966 at the age of 59 yrs. His wife took control of the company and was assisted by G Bill in the running of the company. The company was sold circa 1975 , I do not know who purchased the company but I do not think it was GKN but could be by a subsidiary. I do not know what position Tommy Jones held but it could well of been in charge of sales. I hope this clears up your inquiry.
 

Radiorails

master brummie
Eric, your reply to the original poster probably will not be seen by them. They posted over eleven years ago and have not been here since. That's is why they are listed as a guest. However, you have awakened the thread, so someone else may be interested in what you wrote.
 

Bob Davis

Bob Davis
In the recent posts on Bradford Street, there is a reference to a Thomas Eaves, would they be connected?

Bob
 

Office Jnr

proper brummie kid
Hi Eric, I worked in the buying department @ MEM Reddings Lane. Started 1972-1982 & had alot of happy memories of Thomas Eaves. I remember Ken Eagles sales director & I think Bob Holloway not sure. Had a tour of the factory @ Holloway Head remember the belts running the old machinery. They were a smashing company to deal with. I saw Ken Eagles some ten years ago aged possilbly 80plus. He had just packed up playing squash. Thanks for bringing back a name from the past.
 

ericB

New Member
Hi Office Jnr. The names you mentioned do not mean anything to me but my father did not talk much about the people working there but on occasions he would tell of odd things happening such as when going round the machine shop he came to an automatic making machine screws where the part was transferred to a machine slotter (screw driver slot). This transfer was done by a woman seated between the two machines. He realised she was asleep and automatically transferring the part in unison with the machine. He stopped the machine and woke her up.
 

Office Jnr

proper brummie kid
Eric , a name has come back too me Don Hammond. He I believe worked @ T Eaves for a number of years & was I think either General Manager or Director.
 

Incachick9560

New Member
I don’t know what made me return to this site after so long, probably far too much time on my hands being stuck in Welsh lockdown and ending up Googling down rabbit holes , but it was also my dear Mum’s 87th birthday yesterday - she being Thomas Jones’ daughter. Thank you to all of you for taking the time to provide some history and I shall check back thro’ the documents that showed my grandfather as MD of Thomas Eaves and Mum has always spoken of Leslie Eaves as Grandpa’s business partner and I have seen photos of them together at functions somewhere. I believe Thomas Jones was also a member of the Masonic lodge.
 

izzy eckerslike

Yaw've med my day yaw ave
That place was just up the road from where I worked in Bow street which turned into Exeter street onto Holloway head. I spent a month at T.Eaves when we refitted and decorated the offices on the upper floor around 1964/5. I remember the staff on the ground floor packing/ dispatch, all wearing brown cowgown's The whole atmosphere of the place was happy with much larking about. I remember one young chap in the dispatch area with long hair and a beard and someone had written Charles Manson on the back of his cowgown.
The firm I worked for G.W.Stokes was exactly the same for larking about but those days are long gone now.
 

Nikkimeason

New Member
My Dad Patrick Baker worked here, he and someone else used to go on a Thursday I think it was to the bank to collect the wages. One day they collected the wages but they never got them back to the factory, the car was stopped and my dad and driver had a sawed-off shot gun in their faces, the wages were then stolen. 10,000 pounds. The thieves were caught as when one leant over my dad to reach for the wages his balaclava fell forward and my dad recognised him in a line up
 
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