Old Photos of Witham

M73: Group of staff at Crittall’s window factory, Braintree Road

Information from Mr Peirce, see oral history tape 92. The office staff and foremen at Crittall’s factory, later 1920s or early 1930s. In front of the office building, built in 1924. Include, left to right, back row: John Wilkin (coupling foreman), Frank Potter (wood foreman), Tommy Spurgeon (steel foreman), Fred Cook (all trades), Albert Bright (despatch), Cyril Willis (despatch), John Basham (records in), Mr Knight (bandmaster), ???, Cyril English (yard foreman), Dick Adams (records, office, shop), ???, Jack Stoffer (brother to chemist), Weddle (wages, office boy). Middle row: Tom Haggar (gate keeper, wearing Crittall uniform; formerly police sergeant at Witham 1914-20), Jack Horricks (despatch), Bill Martin? (barline foreman), Bill Joslin (packing foreman), George Hubbard (assistant to packing foreman), Chris Walker (office manager), Arthur Tremaine, Dick Chapman (despatch), Stoneham (inspector), Cecil Dudley (export despatch), Wilfred Swan (wages head), George Cutts (programme), Arthur Hammond (foreman), Horace Scott (chief inspector), Bedford (stores boss), Arthur Vince (stock, raw materials). Front row: Smith (Silver End), Nellie Haggar (on telephone exchange, Sergeant Haggar’s daughter, married John Kirkwood, assistant manager, and went to Scotland; Fred Cook, owner of photo, met them once in Sauchihall Street), Tim Coope (office manager), Nellie Edwards (typist, later Mrs Baldwin), Harry Wrate (works manager, previously a parson, later a parson again at Feering), Nurse Mooney or Nurse Harman, John Kirkwood (assistant works manager, married Nellie Haggar and went to Scotland, see above), Joan Cable (typist), Bill Pemble (engineer). Names and jobs mostly supplied by Fred Cook. Jobs sometimes vary from those given in M73; this may be a different way of describing them, or that they changed over time, or misremembering.

RefM73
Date taken1920s late
SourceWalter Peirce
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