Off to clacton 1916

Outside the Witham factory on July 24th 1916 a charabanc and a double decker bus run by Moore Brothers bus company are ready to set off on a factory outing to Clacton. Minnie Ottley in white and Herbert Keeble wearing a boater can be seen in the charabanc. Edith Sutton is standing in the double decker third from the left.  Leslie Pinkham is in the centre foreground standing on his own with his hand in his pocket and William and Rebecca, his parents are on his left with Curly their dog.

works outing

the witham team in the1950s

Seen here outside the second Witham factory which was completed in 1948 is the Witham team. Taken sometime in the 1950s the Railway pub (then known as The Abert) can just be seen in the background. Leslie Pinkham is in the middle of the third row wearing a white shirt and to his right is John Pinkham.

Factory group 1949

the witham team in the1930s

Seen here outside the back of the first Witham factory which was built in 1912. Probably taken  in the late 1930s Leslie Pinkham can be seen seated the middle wearing a dark jacket.

1920s team

Picture courtesy of Janet Gyford  janetgyford.com  Many thanks.

flat out

This picture from the 1950s shows the gloves being finished at the Witham factory. Machinists in the background and in the foreground the team are ironing the gloves and packing them in boxes ready for dispatch. The seated ladies on the left are inspecting each glove to ensure nothing sub-standard leaves the factory.

1950s finishing

MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK

This picture again from the 1950s shows  sew room at full stretch and although it can't be seen many of the machinists had photographs of their 'pop idol' sellotaped to their machine.

1950s machininists

Picture courtesy of Janet Gyford  janetgyford.com  Many thanks. 

always time to party

From the 1940s and 1950s this photographs gives an idea of how time was spent when not working. Leslie Pinkham can be seen in the centre of the photograph. If you recognise any of the other people please email nickpinkham@pinkhamgloves.co.uk

a factory party 1940 pic

WHO'S WHO?

KEEBLE Blanche (neé Parmenter) 1
KIMBER Jean 2
HARRIS
??? 3
PINKHAM Leslie 4
HAMMOND
Nell 5
AGER
Elizabeth 6
CLAYDON
 Glynis 7

 

ANDREWS Chris 8
RUSHDEN
Mary 9
WOODS
Mrs 10
WRIGHT
Eunice 11
KEEBLE
Sid  12
SPRINGETT
Joyce 13
TAYLOR
Doris 14
ANDREWS
Jamie 15

Party & numbers

MAN & BOY

HERBERT KEEBLE

Herbert Keeble began working at The National Glove Company in 1911 at the age of thirteen. One of eleven children he worked a twelve hour day and having started sweeping the factory floor he retired fifty three years later as a director of the company. He is seen here in 1962.

Herbert Keeble pic
The cutting room

 

This photograph was taken on January 2nd 1914 in the Witham factory cutting room and shows Herbert Keeble on the right and Leslie Pinkham in the centre. If you know who the lad on the left is please get in touch.

JOHN SCOTT AND HERBERT KEEBLE

Seen here in the packing room at the Witham factory in 1960. John Scott on the left who was responsible for distribution had joined the company just after the war. Note the 'extravagant' boxes in which the gloves are packed and as can be seen in photographs elsewhere on the website the senior managers in the factories all wore white coats!!

m0423-Herbert-Keeble-rt-and-John-Scott-and-Pinkhams-glove-factory

LOVE IS IN THE AIR

Veronica Cook
VERONICA COOK

Seen here on her wedding day in 1945 Veronica Cook worked at the Witham factory in the 1940s and 50s. Her husband Leslie worked at the Crittal's factory at Silver End.

1920s working life in an N.G.C. glove factory

These photographs were taken during the latter part of 1923 and were used for the 1924 British Empire Exhibition where The National Glove Company showed off its ranges of gloves to the world.

1923 Unloading fabric
BADON GROVES

 

Seen here on the left unloading bales of fabric at the Chelmsford  factory.

Fabric cutting
JACK LUCK
BADON GROVES
SUNNY CLEMENCE

 

The cutting room team cutting out fabric ready for sewing.

Witham cutting room 1924
LABOUR INTENSIVE

This shows the number of people engaged in cutting out the gloves ready for sewing up.

 

 


Picture courtesy of Janet Gyford janetgyford.com                         Many thanks. 

Gloves partly finished
MABEL CHALK

 

 

A store in the Chelmsford factory around 1924 where Mabel Chalk is seen sorting the partly finished gloves ready to go through to the machinists for sewing up.

Machinist sewing gloves

 

 

Machinists sewing fabric gloves at the Witham factory, it's close up work.

Machinists sewing glove 2

 

 

Natural light streaming through the windows would have helped for some of the day.

machinists 3

 

Look for the two 'supervisors' watching over the production benches in this picture taken in 1920.

 

 


Picture courtesy of Janet Gyford janetgyford.com                         Many thanks. 

Sewing room 1920s

 

Just one 'supervisor' keeping an eye on things this time.

1923 Ironing glove
MINNIE OTTLEY
MISS HARRINGTON

 

 

Once the gloves had been sewn up they were prepared for packing. Seen here Minnie Ottley and Miss Harrington are seen in 1923 at the Witham factory ironing fabric gloves.

Packing gloves Rosie Birch
ROSIE BIRCH

Once the gloves had been ironed and inspected they were ready for packing. Here Rosie Birch (on the right) along with a colleague is bundling and banding fabric gloves into packs of a dozen which were then placed in cardboard boxes and labelled up ready for dispatch. Rosie went on to devote her entire working life to the company.

Gloves being packed
CHAS HALMOND

 

 

Here in 1923 Chas Halmond is packing the Engecie glove boxes into outer cartons some of which would find themselves going to many corners of the world.

Time for some fresh air

Below are some of the Witham girls taking a break in the fresh air.

Time for air

Picture courtesy of Janet Gyford  janetgyford.com  Many thanks. 

WHO'S WHO?

BARBER Pat 1

BARBER Doreen 2

RICHARDS Eddie 3

TRIGG Marjoie 4

PARMENTER Blanche 5

Girls pic and numbers

Picture courtesy of Janet Gyford  janetgyford.com  Many thanks. 

Time for relaxing

These photographs show some of the Chelmsford team still in their work wear relaxing.

girls relaxing 1

Emily Wade (neè Carter) is on the far right.

girls relaxing 2

Emily Wade (neè Carter)  is second from the left in the back row and Florrie Wade (neè Baldwin) is second from the right in the front row.

If you know the names of any people in these photographs please get in touch

nickpinkham@pinkhamgloves.co.uk

Below are the names of those people who are known to have worked for or been associated with the witham factory at some time or another

Those names with a number alongside can be seen in the photograph below

AGER  Elizabeth

ALBONE John 56

ANDREWS Chris

ANDREWS Jamie

ANDREWS Kathy 19

BALDWIN Joyce D

BALDWIN Gladys B

BALDWIN Mary 7

BALLS Mrs 2

BELL Mr 55

BENDALL Lorna 44

BIRCH Rosie

BRAMAN Jean 97

BROWN Billie

BROWN Doris 124

BROWN (nee Hawkes) Edie

BUTCHER (nee Ellis) Ethel 68

CHALK Mabel

CLARK Lil 106

CLAYDON Glynis 11

CLEMENCE Sonny

COOK Veronica

COWELL (nee Jennings) Eileen

CRANE Maureen 105

CURLY (William and Rebecca’s beloved dog)

 

DAWSON Wilson

DOBSON Mrs

DRIVER Mrs 93

DRIVER Pat 119

ELLIS Agnes 30

ELLIS Geoff C

ELLIS Valerie

EMMENS Frances, Ella (nee Quilter)

GROVES Badon

HAMMOND Chas

HAMMOND Jean 78

HAMMOND Nell

HARRINGTON Miss

HARVEY Jean

HAYGREEN Nellie

HAMMOND Miss

HOOD Miss

HORSNAL June 18

HAYLEY Marlene 9

JACKSON May

JENNINGS Aston

JENNINGS Barbara

JENNINGS Eileen 8

JENNINGS Marie

JENNINGS Shelia

KEEBLE Mrs 71

KEEBLE Sid

KEEBLE Vic 57

KEEBLE Walter 85

KELLY Miss 1

KIMBER Jean

KING Bill A

KING May 94

KNIGHT Aubry 59

LADKIN Jack 47

LADKIN Margaret 108

MEAD Miss

MEAKINS Mrs 22

OTTLEY Minnie

PARMENTER Blanch 99

PARMENTER Doris 6

PATTISON David

PAVELIN Flo

PAYNE Mrs

ROSS Freda (nee Wade) 83

RICHMOND Mrs 72

RUSHEN Betty 36

RUSHEN Kathy 45

RUSHEN Margaret 10

RUSHEN Mary

RUSHEN Tommy 50

 

SCOTT John 90

SHELLY Gladys 26

SHELLY Joy

SHELLY  Kit 37

SHELLY  Louise

SHELLY Rena

SMITH Michael 53

SOAR Mrs 43

SPRINGETT Joyce

STOCKWIN Ivy 38

STONEHAM Nancy

TAYLOR Doris

THOROGOOD Ethel 14

THURGOOD  June

TRIGG Mrs 5

TURNER Mrs

TURNER Mrs

WADE  Emily (neè Carter)

WADE  Florrie (neè Baldwin)

WHITE Betty 35

WILSHIRE Bill 51

WITHAMS Peggy 46

WRIGHT Eunice

YOUNGS Evelyn 63

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If you know anyone who's been involved with the business and isn't mentioned above please get in touch

nickpinkham@pinkhamgloves.co.uk