Universal Tools Works
Tool & Jig Maker
The factory opened in 1940, and can be seen in this aerial photo from May 1946.
Made parts for De Havilland Mosquito during WW2, see Grace’s Guide to British Industrial History.
UNIVERSAL TOOLS, Ltd., have now equipped their new factory with large range of presses up to 75 tons; having own tool room. Prompt deliveries can be effected of pressings, assemblies, etc., also electric welding; A.I.D. approved; over 30 years’ experience with difficult problems.— Universal Tools, Ltd., Tramway Path, Mitcham. ‘Phone: Mitcham 2634.
Maps are reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.
After Walter Lawrence & Sons Ltd completed the Mosquito in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire they were transported on long lorries to Hatfield, Herts. My mother was employed in the factory to sandpaper the bumps on bodies to make them smooth. They called them scrubbers. When the war ended the Universal Tools factory was making pontoons for the Royal Engineers. I lived in Mitcham from 1951/1981.