Posts filed as 'Place'

China

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A BU Service Station somewhere in China. These are slides found at the BU site after closure; no informartion about where and when, but probably the 1990s.

 

 

 

Date posted: September 26, 2013

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Power House Plans

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This is the 1919 plan for the Power House and Smoke Shaft – one of the final structures on the BU site to be demolished in 2012. The architect’s name is Shirley Harrison, who happened to be the son in law of BU founder and then chairman, Charles Bennion. Shirley went on to design DeMontfort Hall in Leicester.

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And here is the smoke shaft 93 years later disappearing for ever…

Date posted: September 4, 2013

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Demolition – 1982

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Mick Lambell has posted the following photos of the demolition of Union Works

“At this stage it was probably 1982. All of the machine shops were cleared during 1980 and moved into the two old large warehouses on the Ross Walk part of the estate. The original site was 45 acres therefore the reduction in size of BU was easily fitted into the Ross Walk to the Canal area. I was foreman of ‘C’ department at that time.”

Date posted: August 27, 2013

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Canteen Culture

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It could be said, without fear of contradiction, that almost all of the former BUSM employees retain fond memories of the catering services offered by the company.

BUSM had a number of different canteens in which employees were eligible to frequent. For example the directors had their own restaurant located within the confines of the oak panelled front offices (as far as I am aware the oak panelling still exists). Then there was the senior staff (factory and office managers) dining club to which one paid to be a member. Les Cox was treasurer and/or secretary at one time.

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The company also had a ladies canteen and a staff canteen. Ladies were also entitled to use the works and staff canteens. Foremen also had their own canteen. The works canteen was the largest as one would expect. It was also possible to have a snack lunch (light bite) in the company’s sports and social club.

The highlight of the year was the Christmas dinner the date for which was kept secret. Inevitably the day became known which resulted in the works canteen being inundated as additional employees, those who had not frequented the canteen all year, arrived. It was often said that people came in from Wolsey but this may have been a joke. It was almost necessary to eat ones Christmas lunch in shifts.    

For many years a twice daily trolley service was also offered from which one could purchase tea and filled cobs; a dripping cob was often in demand.

 Mick Lambell

 

Date posted: June 26, 2013

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A Birds Eye View

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A wonderful aerial view of the BU site – in its heyday. 1960s or 70s, based on the cars and so on? Cossington Street recreation ground appears bone dry in the foreground – height of summer?

Date posted: June 17, 2013

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