Old Photos of Witham

The drawing office’ from Crittall catalogue

Taken: 1951-1953, Ref: M1934

The drawing office’. Photo (1) of a series illustrating the making of a window. From page 14 of the catalogue. Left to right, Harold Snelling, draughtsman, Bill Partridge, drawing office manager (was at Witham at one stage), Jack Edwards, general site troubleshooter. The caption says ‘The drawing office. The essential function of this important department is to interpret the customer’s requirements in terms of the existing manufacturing techniques and facilities available. Within the Technical Division, the Drawing Office works alongside the Departments of Product Design – Materials and Process Research – Setting Out – Inspection – Tool Design – and the Development Committee. Every detail of an order must be settled before it leaves the drawing office. From this base it passes to the setting-out department, which fees work to the shops, expanding the sales drawings with information not required by the custome, but essential to the machinist; and sometimes setting out the work full size. John Thurgoood, who worked at the Witham worsk, says this picture was probably not taken at the Witham works. See link for notes on the catalogue.

PublisherCrittall Manufacturing Company Ltd.
Date taken1951-1953
SourceCrittall Windows catalogue no.163, 1953.. Large book. Copy lent by John Thurgood of Terling. There is another copy at Braintree museum.
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