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A couple of enquiries which BU History viewers might be able to assist with. Send replies to email@example.com please.
Firstly, from Grahame Jordan…
“I’d like to find more information about the American inventors who came to develop new machinery at the BU Belgrave Road site. I am a Leicester resident, born to a BU worker, whose father was ‘an American Inventor’ of shoe machinery.”
And also from… Audrey Fuller in the USA.
“Hello, I recently purchased a very old cobbler machine, the story is that it came out of a copper mine owned by the Phelps Dodge Co. in Morenci Arizona, it was used to repair the miners work boots. I cannot find a number on the machine other than a 6hm and it is the only red one I’ve seen on the internet, not sure if it came that way or that someone in the past had painted it.
Can you tell me anything about these machines that have the John O Flarerhty Montreal Agents on the wheel, some of them only have The British United shoe Machine co. on them. Are these machines rare? Any information would be so helpful, I’ve enclosed a few pictures of it, hope this helps.”
Date posted: August 9, 2017No Comments
Maarten Beijen found this beautiful oil can on a market in Romans sur Isere, France, last Sunday.
Date posted: July 11, 2017No Comments
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Date posted: May 1, 2017No Comments
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Marc Harris (USA) has a beautiful BUSM leather machine (pics below) that he plans to donate to the San Jose Historical Museum in California and would like to know the date of manufacture. The serial number is 5472. Any info would be appreciated!
Date posted: March 5, 2017No Comments
Karen Pearson has contacted us to tell us that her father, Phil Wignall, passed away last Sunday. He was 91. For all who remember him the funeral is on Thursday, March 2nd at 12 o;clock at Countesthorpe Crematorium.
Phil was a BU man from age 14 until being made redundant in 1982.
In the post below we republish Karen’s lovely story about her dad.
Date posted: February 16, 2017No Comments
Karen Pearson’s story about her dad, Phil Wignall, who passed away on 12th February 2017.
First posted on this site in November 2013 when Phil was 89.
My father George (Phil) Wignall. Pictured above with, L-R, George Matthews, Phil, Roy Remmington, and Jack Harrison – on a 1960s Toolroom outing to London.
Phil started work aged 14 on Sept. 9th 1939. Shortly after this World War II broke out and he was drafted into the RAF. He returned to the BU after the war in 1946
Phil played football for the BU Team in 1946. They got to a final and he didn’t get picked so never played for them again. He did play for the Tool Room football team for many years. He played snooker for the company and he was also a first team player for the Latimer Ward Club from an early age until finally giving up only a few years ago. He has great memories of the BU grounds, playing sport and attending BU sports days with his family. Also on a Saturday nights himself, his wife and friends used to go to the BU Sports Club.
He was also a member of the BU Quarter Century Club and was a Steward for a number of years.
Second left, front row, 1968.
Phil is second left in the picture below along with Jack Granger, Len Bosworth and John Neal.
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This plaque from 1914 contains the names of all those BU workers who went off to war (220 names I think). A massively important item. Incredibly, and disgustingly, it was left to rot in the old BU headquarters by the last owners (APAX partners – they’re still around!).
Thankfully it was found and rescued from the Ross Walk site by Matt (pictured left) and Rick. They have donated the plaque to the At Risk War Memorial Trust. “It can now be enjoyed by the people of Leicester for good.”
Date posted: November 26, 2016No Comments
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Mary Hubble’s copy of the Ewart/Texon (so many names from BUSMC) phone book from the late 1990s
Mary and her husband worked for the BU and finished at Texon in 2002. She got a job still on the site and was last to leave before it was demolished.
Date posted: October 31, 2016No Comments
Dave Porthouse has sent us some images of his machine: Dusty, then cleaned up.
“I did use this machine many years ago when making some leather moccasin type slippers and basically it punctures the leather to enable it to be neatly stitched. The crank arm with the wooden handle drives the straight cut gears at approximately a 1:2 ratio which in turn drives the spindle. Locked to the spindle on the business side is a sharp pointed wheel like a small spur. The working platform has an adjustable fence to set the spacing between the edge of the leather and the line of stitching . The platform has the adjustable spring loaded tensioner that applies the piercing pressure via what looks like a tuffnol roller. It is set for single row stitching but I can see from the roller that it has been used for double row stitching by fitting an additional spur wheel. Although it is just over 12″ wide and 8.5″ tall it weighs in at 13lbs on my bathroom scales.”
Date posted: September 6, 2016No Comments