Shadow Factory

Cutting the first sod of ground on the company golf course. Dated 1936.

John Black can be seen with the spade and members of Garlick’s, the Coventry building firm, can be seen in the photo (assuming on the right).
On the second left looks like Leslie Dexter (1897-1937) and 4th from left, Sales Manager (from 1931) and Sales Director (from 1945) Edward (Ted) Martin.

Garlicks – the oldest building contractor in Coventry, which started in 1834. Responsible for many of Coventry’s iconic buildings including those for Standard Triumph and here for the Banner Lane shadow factory, later to become Massey Fergusson.

Links:
R.B Cole General Manager of the Standard shadow factories
Banner Lane – Massey Ferguson

Ken Richardson Pt1

In the Charleston, Black-Bottom and Tea-For-Two days of the nineteen-twenties you ran the risk, if you walked around Bourne, in Lincolnshire, of being carved up by a lithe schoolboy of thirteen using the village streets as a T.T. course for his 2 1/4 h.p. round-tank B.S.A. motorcycle. You would not have run much risk of being mown down by his subsequent mount, a 350 c.c. A.J.S., as he crashed this within three weeks. Continue reading “Ken Richardson Pt1”