Here’s a wonderful thing I’ve been watching grow for a couple of weeks. A new Panoramio gallery has appeared for Brownhills and surrounds, curated by Brownhills George. George has posted some excellent old pictures of Brownhills and it’s environs, and I’m keen to see what else he has in store.
I contacted the poster and had a chat via email. It seems he has a broad collection of images, and is just starting to get the hang of Panoramio, and I really think he needs lots of encouragement and support.
George said of his photography:
The Cameras that I used with 120 Film produced negatives of 21/4″ X 31/4″ and used to make contact prints. there was no way of altering the exposure or the speed and produced pretty poor prints. I did have a Roliflex Camera later 21/4″ Square but by this time 36 prints on 35 mm was a better proposition.
It seems Brownhills George has a good, broad knowledge of the area, too. He commented on my image of RKG Pressings being demolished, also posted on Panoramio.
I have a similar Photo to yours with RKG Pressings being demolished.
There were two companies on this site as well as Bourne Tools. The parent company to RKG Pressings was Timings Tools.
That had been going since the 1950s, in Lindon Road.
At one time Timings Tools was the biggest Contract toolmakers in Western Europe
RKG Pressings was a Press Shop named after the owners 3 Sons. The G being Gerald who was Manager when the Company collapsed.
The Company produced tools up to 10 ton in weight for BMC (the Mini), Ford, Vauxhall, Rolls Royce Aero Engines, Hotpoint, Bosch and others.
The RKG building was built originally by the Gentleshaw Sand & Gravel Company for servicing their Lorries and was bought by Timings Tools about 1980.
The photos George is posting capture a period from which few photos appear online, yet which many of us recall fondly.
I’d like to welcome George to the local history scene and look forward to his future contributions eagerly.
Thanks for your efforts, old chap. Most welcome.