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Helen F
Warrington
31 of 42  Sun 11th Feb 2024 3:21pm  

Hi Edgton13, welcome to the forum Wave A very kind offer, let's hope that there is an interested member. Double thumbs up
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lindatee2002
Virginia USA
32 of 42  Sun 11th Feb 2024 3:25pm  

My grandad, Daniel Barr, worked at Bretts Stamping works and I'd love this but I live in the US and the shipping would be expensive.
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JohnnieWalker
Sanctuary Point, Australia
33 of 42  Sun 11th Feb 2024 7:34pm  

My great grandad, Joe Dyson, also worked at Bretts - and won this little trophy for the veterans100 yards sprint in 1938 - when he was around 60!
True Blue Coventry Kid

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Slash1
northampton
34 of 42  Wed 14th Feb 2024 3:42pm  

Was there ever a connection between Brett's and Smiths Stamping Works? Our Dad got his 25 year watch from Smiths. I suspect that they were probably not connected! but maybe did similar things. Sure that Smiths Stamping Works was a Lincoln based company?
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Slash1
northampton
35 of 42  Wed 14th Feb 2024 3:44pm  

Obviously Smiths factory was in Coventry. Am trying to recall where it was, sure that it was up St.Georges Road area, somewhere?
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
36 of 42  Wed 14th Feb 2024 4:55pm  

From a CET advertisement in 1967 it was for sale by GKN forging and casting Ltd and the address is given as Humber Avenue. There is also another advert about catering in 1962 and that address is given as Ribble Road.
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Choirboy
Bicester
37 of 42  Tue 19th Mar 2024 9:49am  

From the "Burges and Cross Cheaping" topic I am trying to date when my father left Fred Burn's to work at Brett's. He told me a fellow drop-hammer worker lost his fingers. (Piece work forced one to take risks so that you got an acceptable wage!). I read somewhere another poster reported the same story independently, corroborating my father's but I have not been able to find it again on this forum. It may be on fb. Does anyone know of a similar event 1937/8?

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Annewiggy
Tamworth
38 of 42  Tue 19th Mar 2024 12:12pm  

There is a report in December 1937 Midland Daily Telegraph that Henry Thomas lost the 1st, 2nd and 3rd finger and half of the 4th due to an accident at Bretts's Stamping. Sounds as if this could be it.
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Choirboy
Bicester
39 of 42  Tue 19th Mar 2024 7:03pm  

That would probably be it. My father remembered the guy holding up his hand and saying, "they've gone!". My father must have left Brett's soon after in 1938 because on retirement from the GEC in November 1975 he had completed 38 years service. My parents married in August 1937. I recall my mother telling me he was working at Fred Burn when they got married. They either needed more money to set up home or Fred Burn shut soon down after August 1937. Thanks Anne for the superfast reply.
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TrevorB
Great Malvern
40 of 42  Mon 1st Apr 2024 9:08am  

My memories are when my brother Bob and I walked to Livingstone Road baths on a Saturday morning and seeing the red-hot billets being stamped in the Bretts shop and I guess that my fascination with heavy engineering stemmed from those images. Seeing the aerial view of the works, I was surprised at how large it was, but then we only saw it from the path going past. The post-swimming treat was always an iced bun from Farr and Reddy's shop on Lockhurst Lane Smile
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Rob Orland
Historic Coventry
41 of 42  Mon 1st Apr 2024 11:12am  

Welcome to our forum, Trevor, and thank you for sharing your memories. Cheers It's funny how things we see as youngsters can shape our futures. I wonder if perhaps we only noticed those things because we already had a predisposition to liking a certain type of thing? (For me, the fascination in hearing voices come out of a pair of cans separated by tightly pulled string led to a hobby, followed by a career, in radio and electronics.) My post-swimming treat was usually a bag of chips with loads of vinegar on - somehow the chlorine always made me fancy chips - but that could be a whole other topic! Wink
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Annewiggy
42 of 42  Mon 1st Apr 2024 1:38pm  
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