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Wilmot Breedon Limited

podgery

master brummie
My dad met my mother while working for wilmots in the early 1940s my dad (Ron Beetison) worked in K block and Mom (Olive Rudge) worked in A block. My wife worked in the main office block in Amington Road I worked at the Kings road factory , we met at a new year dance held in the canteen in 1961.
My dad Vic Hunt was a bumper polisher at Wilmot Breedons in Amington Road, he lived in Yardley and cycled to work. He met my mom and she worked there assembling locks and they got married in 1950, and lived in Berkeley Road East, Hay Mills. Dad was still working there until he died aged 52 in January 1979. My brother Dave worked there with dad for a short while. Once they had done their quota on nights, they would then get their heads down. My mom is now 84, and still comes out with stories when we go and see her.

I remember going up to the sports ground by the airport as dad used to fish the lake, and won loads of prizes, the first time I saw a colour t.v. was at the sports ground and there was a nature programme on the t.v. that must have been around 1967. I also used to go the works Christmas parties/pantomime trips
 
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Stitcher

Guest
When I was in the Austin amature boxing club we used to use a large room at W. Breedons in Tyseley some evenings. I don't remember why because most of the time we used a room at the Austin in Longbridge, I did not have many fights for the Austen because I was little heavier than they wanted but I used to train regularly.
 

wages clerk

proper brummie kid
Hi,
I am starting to research this Birmingham company as there is very little about it on the internet, and it was a major employer up to the 1970’s – turning out car bumpers, door locks, window winders, badges etc. for all manufacturers.

I worked there as an apprentice from 1966, based at the Kings Road Works then the Amington Road factory. I also worked for a time at the Head Office in Goodman Street (Sandpits). Other locations were a warehouse in Digbeth; Fordhouse Lane in Stirchley (later taken over by Rockwell); an R&D facility at Umberslade Hall and the former Civil Service Sports Ground at Elmdon plus the Camden Street works you mentioned.

Most of the Amington Road buildings are still there, although converted to other uses. Up until 1972, I worked in the computer dept. (ground floor front) of the 60’s-style office block, using an ICL 1902 room-size computer with a massive 8mb memory!
I swear that the window blinds in that room today are the same ones that were there in 1972.


I find it incredible that a company of that size can just disappear from public view in just a few short years and therefore want to record as much about it as possible whilst people can still remember.
 

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
Hi Wage Yes we done alot on the birmingham history forum some many years ago alot of people put there memories on it as i also started it all thoose years ago have a couple of there store receipts i lived by the both factories of camden street and goode street there is alot of info out there wage best wishes Astonian;;;;;;;
 

wages clerk

proper brummie kid
I worked in the wages dept Amington Road late 50s early 60s. wages were done by using punch cards later we used
accounting machines (NCR 32) later still enter the computer.I sometimes helped on the Staff Payroll (all Coded of course) and remember querying an axpense receipt for a camera for Miles Breeden. they used to hold amature boxing matches in the works canteen and often had entertainers there in the lunch hour.
 

devonjim

master brummie
I worked in the wages dept Amington Road late 50s early 60s. wages were done by using punch cards later we used
accounting machines (NCR 32) later still enter the computer.I sometimes helped on the Staff Payroll (all Coded of course) and remember querying an axpense receipt for a camera for Miles Breeden. they used to hold amature boxing matches in the works canteen and often had entertainers there in the lunch hour.
Your years at WB much the same as mine, ie. 1958-1970. Included time at Fordhouse Lane, Farringdon, "K" Block, "A" Block and Umberslade.
 

Elmdon Boy

master brummie
I remember going on a school trip around Wilmot Breedon in Amington Road in 1965, my last year at school, I think our school supplied a number of apprentices for them. I remember a leather tanning premises just over the other side of the road, and the stink it gave off.
I can also remember the Wilmot Breedon lorries going down the back of Hanger Road at Elmdon airport in the 1960s and parking up outside Hanger 3 during my aircraft spotting days. Not sure if they were using hanger 3 as storage as the lorries usually had goods on. Can someone clarify this for me.
 

mujib ahsan

New Member
Wilmot Breedon Ltd Factory, Amington Rd, Tyseley. Len,
Hi Len,

My father used to work with you at Amington Rd and you was his supervisor for many years, he was a quality control inspector dealing with car bumpers. He work for WB between 1973 - 1982 I think.

Please let me know if you remember him.

Many thanks


M
 

jmadone

master brummie
My dad Vic Hunt was a bumper polisher at Wilmot Breedons in Amington Road, he lived in Yardley and cycled to work. He met my mom and she worked there assembling locks and they got married in 1950, and lived in Berkeley Road East, Hay Mills. Dad was still working there until he died aged 52 in January 1979. My brother Dave worked there with dad for a short while. Once they had done their quota on nights, they would then get their heads down. My mom is now 84, and still comes out with stories when we go and see her.

I remember going up to the sports ground by the airport as dad used to fish the lake, and won loads of prizes, the first time I saw a colour t.v. was at the sports ground and there was a nature programme on the t.v. that must have been around 1967. I also used to go the works Christmas parties/pantomime trips
Glenys, I don't know if you are still a member of the forum and I've just come across your post. My Dad was also a bumper polisher at WB in Amington Rd and I too used to visit the lake at the sports ground with him. Caught my first carp in that pool. Before he retired due to ill health, my grandad also worked there and I can remember my dad taking me to see him at work one Saturday morning (I was about 4 or 5 yrs old) and I was astounded by the noise and the sparks he produced polishing the heavy castings. At gran's house were several chromium ashtrays with a chrome metal bird attached. I later found out that were car mascots (Possibly Wolsey) and someone in the factory had the bright idea of fixing them to a cheap metal ashtray and sell them on.
 

devonjim

master brummie
Hi Len,

My father used to work with you at Amington Rd and you was his supervisor for many years, he was a quality control inspector dealing with car bumpers. He work for WB between 1973 - 1982 I think.

Please let me know if you remember him.

Many thanks


M
I worked at Wilmot Breeden for some eleven years, until 1970. I never worked in Bumper division, but I thought your father may have known Frank Tye who was a manager in that division.
 

devonjim

master brummie
Glenys, I don't know if you are still a member of the forum and I've just come across your post. My Dad was also a bumper polisher at WB in Amington Rd and I too used to visit the lake at the sports ground with him. Caught my first carp in that pool. Before he retired due to ill health, my grandad also worked there and I can remember my dad taking me to see him at work one Saturday morning (I was about 4 or 5 yrs old) and I was astounded by the noise and the sparks he produced polishing the heavy castings. At gran's house were several chromium ashtrays with a chrome metal bird attached. I later found out that were car mascots (Possibly Wolsey) and someone in the factory had the bright idea of fixing them to a cheap metal ashtray and sell them on.
Seems it was an unhealthy place to work. Glenys's dad died at 52, your dad retired with ill health. I remember they were investing heavily in automatic polishing machines in the 1960's to distant the polishers from the worst of the dust.
 

jmadone

master brummie
Seems it was an unhealthy place to work. Glenys's dad died at 52, your dad retired with ill health. I remember they were investing heavily in automatic polishing machines in the 1960's to distant the polishers from the worst of the dust.
Yes my grandad suffered with breathing problems no doubt brought about by bad working conditions and also by smoking at least 30 cigarettes a day.
 

mujib ahsan

New Member
I worked at Wilmot Breeden for some eleven years, until 1970. I never worked in Bumper division, but I thought your father may have known Frank Tye who was a manager in that division.
Hiya, I will check with my dad this evening to see if he remembers Frank, my dad's speech is limited after his stroke, so we communicate on a basic level nowadays. He too used to cycle to work at 5am in the morning and did nightshifts (pretty remarkable work ethic if you ask me, I was only 5-6 years of age then but still remember him sorting out his flask and sandwiches. We used to live in Waverley Rd in Small Heath not far from the factory.
 

Martyn1966

New Member
Hi , New to the site , just wondering if anyone remembers the Burrows family ?, at one time 7 of themselves at Wilmots.I know that Ron ( my dad) worked in maintenance at amington and fordhouse .
 

mario

knowlegable brummie
My mom worked at wilmott breedan she won a beauty contest bk then in 1964 for miss wilmott breedan her name was Patricia Barrett bk then.
 

devonjim

master brummie
Hi , New to the site , just wondering if anyone remembers the Burrows family ?, at one time 7 of themselves at Wilmots.I know that Ron ( my dad) worked in maintenance at amington and fordhouse .
As an apprentice I played cricket for the maintenance team, so I knew quite a few of the guys in that department. I also worked both at Amington Rd and at Fordhouse Lane, the name Ron Burrows sounds familiar was he a millwright? A couple of names I do recall are Ron Simper, Bill Chadwick and Jimmy Catley.
 
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