The Light Machine Shop

Here you can listen to memories and see photographs of the Light Machine Shop or "Top" Shop as it was known.

Those who worked on the machines there were known as Machinists. They were highly skilled at setting up and working on the lathes, planers, and grinding machines used to manufacture the smaller components for Fielding and Platt's presses, balers, and other machinery for which the company was renowned.

If you worked in the Light Machine Shop you can also add your own memories to the pages here by adding a comment at the bottom of each one. Or why not leave a message on our message board?

Page link: Arthur Williams
Arthur Williams
Apprentice Machinist and Centre Lathe Turner, 6 December 1938 - 28 October 1949
Page link: Bob Madeley recalls the Light Machine Shop
Bob Madeley recalls the Light Machine Shop
Plus the leather belt shop and Benny Iam.
Page link: Bryan Mason
Bryan Mason
From apprentice in 1948 to Machine Shop Foreman
Page link: Charles Ford
Charles Ford
Light Machine Shop, 1964-1981
Page link: Edith May Williams (nee Willey)
Edith May Williams (nee Willey)
Wartime lathe operator in the Light Machine Shop, 1942-
Page link: John Cook recalls Reg Court and his
John Cook recalls Reg Court and his "Chip Cutter"
Memories of the Light Machine Shop's Charge Hand in the 1950s
Page link: John Cook remembers the Light Machine Shop, c.1950
John Cook remembers the Light Machine Shop, c.1950
Setting, grinding, and why machinists had lumps of copper and lead in their tool boxes
Page link: Ted Marshall
Ted Marshall
Apprentice Machinist, 1924-1931, and star of Atlas Works and Gloucester Rugby
Page link: Photographs of the 'Top Shop'
Photographs of the 'Top Shop'
Taken in the late 1950's and early 1960's