SOUTH MOOR & STANLEY
COUNTY DURHAM

Glove production started just after the second world war above the Co-op store in Park Road South Moor and in 1959, having outgrown South Moor a new factory was opened in Anthony Street Stanley and as can be seen in the following photographs team spirit was important.

JUNE 18th 1959
THE NEW FACTORY at STANLEY
IS OPENED

Lord Lawson the local MP cut the ribbon and declared the new production facility open. By now some one hundred and fifty people were employed in making gloves.

15. 1959 June 18th opening of Glove Factory stanley.
16.1959 June 18th Opening Glove factory

Lord Lawson shakes hands with one of the machinists, on his right is David Pattison the factory manager and Richard Pinkham is on his left

13. 1959 June 18th Opening Glove factory (2)

Seen here in the centre with a white tie is Leslie Pinkham with Richard Pinkham to his left. At the very back looking back into the factory entrance is John Pinkham. The remainder of the party is thought to be the great and good of Stanley.

HOLD THE FRONT PAGE

Press article covering the opening.

Stanley press release 19061959Glove Factory
17. opening of pinkhams glove factory at stanley 1959

Lord Lawson the local MP at the opening of the new factory at Stanley on June 18th 1959 seen here being helped                        by Joan Clarke.

WHO'S WHO

Stanley opening names

1.  JOAN GREENER    2.  JOAN NEALE
3.  LILY COATES          4.  HAZEL FOREMAN
5.  SUSAN POTTS       6.  JOYCE LITTLEFAIR
7.  JEAN PROUD         8.  SHEILA CRAIG
9.  MARJORIE AINSWORTH
10. JENNY PHILLIPS    11. JOAN CLARKE
12. JENNY STROKE 

Do you recognise anyone else in this photo and can you place them?
We know that the following people are in the photo:
Alice Murray Carol Robson Joyce Liddel Shirley Potts
Joan Neal Carol Foster

If you can help please email nickpinkham@pinkhamgloves.co.uk

WORK REST AND PLAY

Geoff Ellis
GEOFF ELLIS

Geoff  Ellis was a senior cutter at the Witham factory and moved up to the Stanley factory in 1959.

 

 

Geoff is seen here with a few friends at the factory's Christmas party, the man wearing the bow tie was the factory manager David Pattison who had managed a kilt factory in Scotland before joining Pinkhams.

Geoff Ellis and friends

 

11. Pinkhams Glove Factory c 1958

 

BETTY GLENDENING (nee CALVERT)

Always smile when concentrating. Here's Betty showing how it's done with Carole Foster looking on in the background.

 

1958

Taking a break are:

MONICA LAWSON née HOWE

CINDY MORTON

JENNY PARKER née STALKER

18. Pinkhams Glove Factory 1959
Joyce and Sheila

C1954

Taking a break and getting some fresh air are, from the left are Joyce Messenger and Shiela Soames.

Do you know the others in the photo? if you do please email nickpinkham@pinkhamgloves.co.uk

 

BETTY GLENDENING (nee CALVERT)

Always smile when concentrating. Here's Betty showing how it's done with Carole Foster looking on in the background.

 

18. Pinkhams Glove Factory 1959
Overalls logo
JOYCE LITTLEFAIR

Joyce seen here in the middle with a few friends at the opening of the Stanley factory in 1959. Note the Pinkham logo on her overall.

NEVER MISS A CHANCE TO PARTY

Working at the glove factory for many people encompassed not only their working lives but also played a large part in their social lives.

The photos below show something of the spirit of fun which existed.

Grateful thanks to Bob Drake for the following photographs.

Christmas 1952
Christmas 1952
Christmas Party 1955
Christmas Party 1955
Christmas 1955 - everyone's on Babycham
Christmas 1955 - everyone's on Babycham
More 1950s fun at South Moor-Moor 1950's
More 1950s fun at South Moor
Christmas party 1956
Christmas party 1956
Christmas party 1956
Christmas party 1956
1954
1954

Guests at the annual Whist Drive and dance on November 11th 1954. The staff of Meers and Pinkhams in The Palais de Dance in Stanley

22.1960 Jan 1st Pinkhams factory carol singing.

 

 

Music thanks to a reel to reel tape recorder

 

 

Keep together now!

21. 1960 Jan 1st Pinkhams factory Carol singing.
20.1960 Jan 1st Pinkhams Factory carol singing.

 

 

Who's singing the descant?

 

 

We haven't made many gloves but we do feel good

19. 1960 Jan 1st Pinkhams Factory carol singing.

BELOW ARE THE NAMES OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE KNOW TO HAVE WORKED FOR OR BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH THE STANLEY AND SOUTH MOOR FACTORIES AT SOMETIME OR ANOTHER

AINSWORT Dorothy

AINSWORTH Marjorie

ANDERSON Verna

BELL Lily

CALVERT Betty

CLARKE Joan

CLOUGH June

COATES Lily

COOK Margaret

COWAN Irene

CRAIG Sheila

CRAIG Sylvia

DOBSON Joan

ELLIS Geoff

FOREMAN Hazel

FOSTER Carole

GLENDENNING Betty (nee Calvert)

GREENER Joan

HARPER Joyce

HARRISON Jean

HOLLAND Jean

HOWE Brenda

LAWSON Monica (nee Howe)

LITTLEFAIR Joyce

MORTON Cindy

MUIRHEAD Doreen

NEAL Joan

NICHOLSON Glynis

OLIVER Joyce

ORD Peggy

PARKER Jenny (nee Stalker)

PATTISON David

PHILLIPS Jenny

POTTS Susan

PROUD Jean

STEWART Mildred

STROKE Jenny

THOMPSON Cathleen

TODD Eva

TOPPIN Maureen

TURNBULL Nora

WALTERS Hilda