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Wilmot Breedon Limited

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jonathanflame

Guest
Hi Len
Thanks so much for posting this.
I shall find out if and how we can use this image.
Warm regards and best wishes for christmas and the new year
Jonathan
 
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jonathanflame

Guest
Hi Wendy
Thanks for your post - very pleased you like the show. Look out for the new series which I think starts in Jan or Feb next year - there are some really interesting stories in there.
best wishes for the christmas season
Jonathan
 

lencops

gone but not forgotten
Hi Len
Thanks so much for posting this.
I shall find out if and how we can use this image.
Warm regards and best wishes for christmas and the new year
Jonathan
Hi Jonathan, I have emailed you with details of the book & its author, i don`t think i need to mention copyrite to you, i`m sure you are on the ball with it, A Happy & Healthy Christmas and New Year to you. Len.
 

pipmk

master brummie
Wilmott Breedon, yet another Birmingham company that failed to move with the times. My father was in the tool design section in the late 60,s and he took some German visitors round the press shop.They actually laughed when they saw men sitting at presses. They hadn't done that for over 10 years. He went to Germany to look at tape contolled machines. In the end WB bought one or two instead of the 40 they needed. The machines were never used properly because they wouldn't pay for training.
Just like so much of Birmingham Industry, when times were good they said they didn't need to invest, when times were hard they said they couldn't afford it. The families lived off the dividends and the sale of the business and the workers joined the dole queue. They couldn't run a fish and chip shop.
 

john

master brummie
Your so right pipmk, when i worked for a Power Press repair firm in Birmingham we used to repair some of the power presses at Wilmot Breedon. Now we've got kids
leaving school who don't now HOW Cars, Washing Machines, Vacuum Cleaners and umpteen other appliances that were manufactured in Birmingham/ West Midlands.
I think we must blame ourselves for buying foreign imports as they were cheaper. Little realising we we putting our own manufacturing industry in jeopardy. Now all we've left them with is a degree in shelf stacking.
 

daverock

master brummie
Hi
A lad i was at school with bought out the lock side of Wilmot Breeden, he started a company called Weston Body Hardware in Redditch, they are still in existence & may have old info on Wilmot Breeden. I think that Peter Weston has retired or got out of the business but they featured on a local TV news programme a few weeks ago.
Cheers
Dave Rock
 

pipmk

master brummie
Your so right pipmk, when i worked for a Power Press repair firm in Birmingham we used to repair some of the power presses at Wilmot Breedon. Now we've got kids
leaving school who don't now HOW Cars, Washing Machines, Vacuum Cleaners and umpteen other appliances that were manufactured in Birmingham/ West Midlands.
I think we must blame ourselves for buying foreign imports as they were cheaper. Little realising we we putting our own manufacturing industry in jeopardy. Now all we've left them with is a degree in shelf stacking.
Don't fall into the trap of saying it was our own fault. By the time we were buying inports the boat had sailed, the Germans and Japanese factory owners had been investing in new plant for years, the Germans at least enjoyed higher wages and less hours than us. Birmingham had been the workshop of the world,engineering skill was in our DNA. It was the 7% who still own 84% of the wealth in this country who shat on us. Being born and brought up in Sutton Coldfield I would hear my friends fathers say to their sons "You'll start at the bottom and at lunch time we'll make you a Director" The first generation made it, the second consolidated it and the third wasted it because by then they thought it was their birthright. I know, I lived and worked with these people as they laid waste to British Industry and peoples lives.
 
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terrym

Guest
Hi, I have found the various contributions and reminiscences in this thread very interesting; I am so glad this company and its people are not forgotten as they were one of many firms that lead the UK with innovation. I wrote a book a couple of years back on The Ferrograph Company , who were owned for a while by Wilmot Breedon , back in the 1960s & 1970s and I made a small mention of the firm in that. The Breedons were not solely confined to car parts and had interests elsewhere, mainly though in electronics. This first collimated in an interest in a firm called Wayne Kerr back in the late 1940s with David Breedon installed as a director. Wayne Kerr made high quality test and measurement equipment. Both brothers also invested in Ferrograph, as mentioned above, (High quality tape Recorders, Tape Decks and wireless components ) in the 1950s, eventually buying the firm outright (along with Rendar Components) in the late 1960s. It would appear that while the companies concerned all remained largely autonomous, there was an occasional cross over. For example there has been the odd story of small production runs of Wilmot Breedon car components undertaken in the Ferrograph factory (unconfirmed) and development work carried out for Wilmot Breedon by Wayne Kerr (confirmed). Does anyone remember this connection between the various concerns or have any stories to tell about the brothers? Wilmot Breedon finally sold off all these firms back in 1977 after heavy losses. None of the mentioned names now survive in British hands Accept Ferrograph whose name lives on in signage!
Terry Martini
 
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Wendy

Guest
Hello and welcome Terry. thank you for your very informative post on the history of Wilmot Breedon. This is what this forum is about the history of Birmingham and it's manufacturing. Although much has gone it can be preserved some what in our memories.
 

rowan

Born a Brummie
I am sure there was a Wilmot Breeden in Cheltenham.
A firm called Telehoist was a branch of Wilmot Breeden.

am I right?
 
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terrym

Guest
Hi Rowan

Yes you are. I believe Telehoist were involved in hydraulics. Also Wilmot Breedon had an office in Slough "Wilmot Breedon Electronics" along with the factory they had setup at Tewkesbury that made the professional tape recorders for Ferrograph. David Breedon seemed to be the one that had the most foresight with electronics and a lot of the buy ups happened during the 1960s as a result of his interests.




regards

Terry
 

jim s-w

Brummie babby
Hi Everyone

Does anyone know any more details on these images. The owner knows they were fitted to a 1958 Denzel coachbuilt car and is looking for replacements. Could anyone tell us what the mainstream vehicle these would have been fitted too was?



Best regards

Jim
 

sdw1363

New Member
Hello

I work for the successors of Wilmot Breeden, however the manufacture/supply of these type of parts moved to Weston Body Hardware Ltd
I have had a look through their catalogue and they don't appear to list that reference (1/42319) but they do make some similar looking parts (eg 1/23805) and one may fit and function as a suitable replacement
You had best contact them direct, they are:-

Weston Body Hardware Ltd
Crossgate Rd
Park Farm
Redditch
B98 7SN
Ph 01527 516060
Fx 01527 526060

Hope this helps, I have not been able to identify the original fitment but I will add this if I come across it
 
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BernardR

Guest
They seem a lot like the one's fitted to my Dad's [later my] old Rover 75 (P4) of 1950 vintage and the P3 before. In those days a lot of the hardware like this was common across a number of cars with just for example the mounting being unique - by this I refer to the small part shown. I cannot put my hands on the manual just now but it is around so will take a look. I would also suggest looking at old Humber and Big Austins (Sheerline for instance).
 

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
hi other half
sorry i missed your previuos question in regarding jimmy kirby on the thread
yes it was indeed gentle jimmy kirby nice man nice family ive known them for donkeys years personallly sons and brothers and sister
i hope you and maggs are fine i am abit at the moment struggleing with one complaint or another but being a true grit brummy
and a kid from the old school io will pull through by the way when you was down working in dog pool lane stirchley
do you remember the kid whom lived across the rd down about 100 yards on the oppersite side whom worked in the yard
his mrs i forget her name i think she was a dark haired girl or auburn long has i recall i have not seen them in years
tom mary christmas to you both and a happy and prosperous and healthy new year to you both best wishes astonion
 

christopher short

Birmingham Post
There was a Wilmot Breeden Truflo Ltd in Westwood Road Witton, who manufactured valves and pipes for the process and petrochemical industries together with fans for the motor industry and parts for aero engines. They also had factories in Bentham Gloucestershire and Liege Belgium.
 

maggs

master brummie
Astonian, I remember Wilmot Breedon very well indeed. I used to walk by it going to Camden St school. We also had a school visit there to see how they made the car key's.
 

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
hi maggs
first of all how are you and tom fine i hope
yes they made the car keys there and i used to drink in the grotto next door every night of the week befoe going to the windmill
up the rest of the evening and having a laugh with old stan kirby and have him running up and down behind the bar
maggie , my olest sister went to camden street school that was a good school i have come across a book where there was a picture of
a group of school girls from camden street going to london and seeing the house of parlimernts
and lord and behold there was two girls having there picture taken in front of the houses of parliment with a councilor
my sister knew of this pic nor the book so i gave it to her this was about two years ago
would you remember a girl by the name of carol paget from brook field she lived around the corner on george street west she went there
but i surpose its a long time ago and i think half that area went there did nt day
i have got alot of invoices from willmots breedon and for there purchasing orders
well magg i have got to go now i hope top hear from you both soon but in the mean time take care
and have your self a merry christmas and a healthy new and prosperous new year to you both best wishes astonion alan
 
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