I’ve been asking for years for more material on Crabtree and other local factories, as I’m sure there’s an untapped and rich seem of material to be found from these great lost local employers – but sadly little has emerged.
We get odd items, but nothing like this wonderful film I’m about to share.
A few days ago, old friend of the blog Fred Butler found a video on YouTube that might interest those who recall Crabtree – it’s from the Crabtree Society which I know very little about but intend to look into over the next few days.
All I can say is thanks Fred for a wonderful film – how many mums, grandmas, aunts and sisters worked on those production lines? Whole families passed through Crabtree, a once massive local company with large factories in Walsall and Brownhills, both of which are sadly no more.
My huge gratitude for a wonderful addition to our recorded local history – if you have any more Crabtree images, I’d love to share them here!