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Presswell Tools Ltd.

186 High Street,
Colliers Wood, SW19

Engineers


Source:
Borough of Mitcham List of Factories,
Town Clerk’s Department,
July 1963.
Available at Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre at Morden Library.
Reference L2 (670) Mitcham


The adverts below are via the British Newspaper Archive

Norwood News – Friday 03 February 1961

TOOL MAKERS and machinists wtd., top rates to skilled men. – Apply Presswell Tools Ltd., 186 High-st., Colliers Wood, opposite Tube stn.

Norwood News – Friday 09 March 1951

WANTED: First-class toolmaker. – Apply Presswell Tools Ltd., 186 High-st., Colliers Wood, Merton.

Mitcham Jig and Press Tool Co. Ltd.

ad from Norwood News, 12th November 1965 via the British Newspaper Archive

Text of ad:

PRESS TOOLMAKERS
CENTRE LATHE TURNERS
MILLERS
SURFACE GRINDERS
CYLINDRICAL GRINDERS
TOOL DESIGN DRAUGHTSMAN
IMPROVERS

* HIGHEST RATES PAID
* EXCELLENT WORKING CONDITIONS
* PRIVATE CAR PARK
* CANTEEN FACILITIES
NON CONTRIBUTORY *
SICK PAY BENEFITS *
OVERTIME AVAILABLE *

FOR THE MOST INTERESTING VARIETY OF TOOLING TO SUIT ALL CLASSES OF TOOLMAKERS

Please Apply

MITCHAM JIG & PRESS TOOL CO. LTD.
WILLOW RUN WORKS, WANDLE WAY, WILLOW LANE, MITCHAM, SURREY

Listed in the 1963 Borough of Mitcham List of Factories as Tool Makers.

Hygienic Wireworks

Listed in the 1973 Borough of Mitcham List of Factories at

79 Miles Road

Sheet Metal and Wire Work


From Grace’s Guide to British Industrial History:

Sheet metal and wire workers of Mitcham.
1850 Company founded.
1925 Private company.
1961 Sheet metal and wire workers, producing Genykage cages, Blend occasional furniture, Genyk hardware products, fireguards, plastic coated wire work, bathroom cabinets, meat safes, saucepan stands. 250 employees.

Company bought by Spillers in around 1969.

Then bought by Chapman Seating, according to their website:

Chapman Seating purchased Genyk Products Limited and their factory at Mitcham in South London from the Spillers Group and all the pet type products including bird and hamster cages ceased production as they were no longer economical or viable in a diminishing pet market. Chapman Seating moved to this factory and traded under the Genyk Products name for a while, but the trading name reverted to the well known and respected Chapman Seating again after two years.


1947 Miles Road

From Britain From Above



These photos have been kindly provided by a user from the Facebook Mitcham History Group:

1969

1969

1969 Bill receives his long term service award

1969 Bill Stephens receives his long term service award

1969 Bill receives a watch for 55 years with the company

1969 George Stephens receives a watch for 55 years with the company

Bill Stephens (1900-1987) joined the company in 1914 at the age of 14, when the company started in Peckham, and he and his family moved to Mitcham when the factory was established there. He completed 55 years’ service in 1969.

His two brothers, George (1903-1970) and Charles (1902-1984), also worked for the company, and both lost their sight because of that work. One of the brothers worked with chromium plating and acid splashed into his face, damaging his eyes. He lived a 5 minute walk from the factory, and was able to continue working there.


Another fellow on the Facebook Mitcham History Group said

I worked there around 1965, brazing fire guards……abysmal. There were two of us, one loaded while the other brazed them together, it was a bonus system so no let up for the 8 hrs you were there, couldn’t let your partner down. I remember spot welding machines that spat out white hot steel that sometimes went into your shoe – ouch !!!

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1965 ad from Norwood News

TOOLMAKERS
£1.60 per hour plus overtime.
We produce Presswork and Wirework, and require toolmakers to manufacture and maintain our presstools and welding fixtures. Apply to:

Derek Bennett,
Genyk Products Ltd
Miles Road, Mitcham, Surrey
Telephone : 648 7071

19770211 wireworks job ad

11th Feb 1977


Articles from the British Newspaper Archives

25th January 1946

PUBLIC NOTICES.
CITY OF NOTTINGHAM EDUCATION COMMITTEE AND THE ROYAL COLLEGE NURSING (Nottingham Branch—Public Health Section).

A WEEK-END COURSE IN INDUSTRIAL NURSING will be held the COTTESMORE SCHOOL, LENTON BOULEVARD, NOTTINGHAM, on SATURDAY and SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16th and 17th, 1946.

FEE 10/- inclusive of sleeping accommodation (if required) and meals.

LECTURES.

“ Practical Aspects Industrial Nursing.”

Miss M. M. Durrant, Sister-in-Charge, The Hygienic Wire Works Ltd., Mitcham.

Source: Nottingham Evening Post – Friday 25 January 1946 from the British Newspaper Archive