A series of pictures taken in the works during from around 1918 until 1936. As with many old photographs it's not just the original subject, but the surroundings that hold so much fascination for today's viewer..
Ready for dispatch. A particularly interesting picture that can be dated to 1934 showing around one hundred and forty four Model 405 lathes - the very first but short-lived version of the well-known and very popular 9-inch "Workshop" series.
A row of 25 lathes (at the time the standard build batch) under assembly. These are 9-inch "Workshop" machines each with a build sheet hanging from the tailstock end of its bed. Although the room would have been cleaned and tidied for the photograph it is still possible to spot backgear covers on the floor and, on the nearest lathe, a spring-bottom oil can.
A vast collection of finished tailstocks ready for dispatch to the build department.
The beds in the foreground are all for 9-inch lathes
Six headstock casting at a time being gang milled on their bases
Capstan lathes driven by line shafting machining countershaft pulleys
A row of gear hobbing machines
A view of the general machine shop, almost certainly taken in the 1920s