Garton and King

a history

The Workforce at Work

At first glance the sight of 'lists' tends not to arouse the average person's curiosity and certainly the discovery of a small selection stashed away amongst far more visually exiting documents, drawings and photos was not a particularly memorable moment in my research! However, they were dutifully copied to the computer and there they have remained taking up memory space.

Searching for material for another webpage I by chance came across one of these lists and I have reproduced it below for all to examine. I think it was the page entitled "Office Staff" that attracted my attention - after all it is unusual to see, at the top of the list, the Office Cleaner! - I know, a list has to begin with something on the top. Curiously it should be Adams, W.J. at the top - not Mrs Anderson, I might have skipped it had that been the case.

Employees 1950 (1)Employees 1950 (2)Employees 1950 (3)
Workforce 1950.

Here we have a complete Nominal Roll of the Workforce of Garton & King on the 5th October 1950 - not only the names but in many cases what it was they were employed to do, even now sixty years on there will be names people will recognise and perhaps identify a family member. I was only five at the time and have never worked for G & K but familiar names are there - Jackson, Venn, Miss Bendle, Tarr, & Cavill.

Realising that there might be other Lists that are Jewels of Information I have included here a Timesheet for the Foundry Staff dated July 1928. Another gem I discovered was a list of employees who had enlisted into His Majesty's Forces in the Great War, 1914.

Timesheet 1928
Timesheet 1928
Workforce who enlisted 1914
Men who enlisted - 1914

I also came across a list of Staff Members dated 4th May 1944, their addresses and their wartime duties, ie: Home Guard, Auxiliary Fire Service, Warden etc etc.
One item I discovered was unfortunately too feint to reproduce so it has been retyped exactly from the original "Letter from Palestine".

1944 workforce
Workforce 1944
Leter from Palestine 1918
Letter from Palestine 1918
Pay Records (1)Pay Records (2)Pay Records (3)
1900-09 & 1915-23  Staff, Skills & Addresses from Pay Records

I occasionally get asked if I have any record of the names of employees that worked for the Company when the Foundry was located in Waterbeer Street and in fact there are ledgers existing relating to Wages paid to Foundry Staff for the period 1890 through, I believe, to 1939 when the Foundry relocated to the new Foundry in Tan Lane that opened in August 1939.

I have picked three lists, the first relates to the Foundry Staff existing the week ending the 19th December 1890. The second is for the week ending the 20th December1895 and the third for the week ending the 3rd August 1900. There is no indication of Christian names other than the occasional initial letter should there be more than one member of staff with the same surname. The ledger is completed by different clerks and the handwriting is often quite hard to decipher. Some of the spelling of surnames is questionable. Whether these lists are of use to anyone is hard to tell but it takes little effort to add this detail to this page so here they are.

WEEK ENDING
19TH DECEMBER 1890


BOND
BURNETT
CARTER
CHAMBERS
CHARLES
COURTENAY
DARCH
DREW
ELDERBRAND
GODSLAND
HANNAFORD
HAWKER
HILL
ISAACS
JOHNS
JONES H J
JONES J
KERSLAKE
LAZARUS
MADGE
MARTIN
MARTIN
MELHUISH
MINARD
MITCHELL
NEWCOMBE A
NEWCOMBE E
NEWCOMBE J
NEWCOMBE R
NEWCOMBE W
NEWTON ALF
NEWTON C IAN
NEWTON C Son
NICKS
PEARSE
PIERCE
RICHARDS
ROUSE
SANDERCOCK
SMEATH E
SMEATH G
SWANSTON
TAPSON
TUCKER
VINNICOMBE
WALDON
WARREN
WARRY
WELSHMAN
WEST
WINSBOROUGH
WINSOR
WOOD
WOLLACOTT
WOTTON

WEEK ENDING
20TH DECEMBER 1895


BLATCHFORD
BUNKAM
BURNETT
CARTER
CARYL
DARCH
DREW
ENDICOTT
GILL
GOLSWORTHY
HANNAFORD
HAWKER
KERSLAKE
LANG
LANGFORD
LAZARUS
LEWIS
MADGE
MARTIN
MELHUISH
MILLER E
MILLER J
MINARD
MORTIMORE
NEWCOMBE E
NEWTON A
PEIRCE
PIERCE F
PIKE
PRESTON
RATTENBURY
RICE
RICHARDS
ROUSE
SEWARD
SMEATH E
SMEATH G
SMITH
SNOW
TAPSON
TUCKER
TUCKER
VINNICOMBE
WALDON
WARE
WARREN
WELSHMAN
WEST
WINSBOROUGH
WOLLACOTT
WOOD
WOOD
WOTTON

WEEK ENDING
3RD AUGUST 1900


BENNETT
BROOKS
BULLER
BURNETT
CAMBLE
CAPE
CARTER
CORK
CORNELIUS A
CORNELIUS W
CORNISH
DARCH
DREW
DREW E
HAWKER
LEWIS
MADGE
MAYERS
MELHUISH
MINARD
NEWCOMBE
PIERCE
POLLARD
RATTENBURY H
RATTENBURY W
ROACH
ROLESTONE
SMEATH E
STONE
TAPSON
WALDON
WARE
WEBBER
WELSHMAN
WOTTON

Please note that these names have been copied from a handwritten ledger. The names might have been spelt phonetically and some names I may have misread.

Eg:- Minard     =  Maynard
       Camble   =  Campbell

We have shown below four columns from the Wages Books at approximately 10 year intervals. As time passed by the entry layouts changed and the lists were divided in various ways according to the area of operations within the foundry. The first two columns show Foundry Staff at the Waterbear Street Premises, the second two relate to the Foundry in Tan Lane that opened in 1939.

The last Wages Book takes us up only as far as January 1954 and is the far right column – Maybe you recognise a familiar name?

The image of the Wages Book is for the Pattern Shop, AGA Installers, Machine Shop & Smiths’ Shop Staff and dates from early 1949.

There are various permutations of entries – I am unsure of the distinction between ‘Productive’ and ‘Unproductive’ Staff – perhaps it applies to those who were paid Piecework and those that weren’t.

FOUNDRY WORKFORCE From Wages Books

October 1924

Andrews
Baker
Beavis
Bradford
Cavill
Clarke
Clarke Jnr
Davis
Dingle
Dommett
Evans
Hamell
Jefferies
Lemon
Lockyear
Mardles
Ransome
Reed
Saunders
Sheppard
Skinner
Stone
Tuckett
Venn
Watts
Wellington
Yardley

October 1934

Andrews
Andrews S
Bainborough
Baker
Bidgood
Bradford
Brown
Caines
Call
Cavill F
Cavill N
Clift
Commins
Croft
Darch
Davey
Davis
Dawe
Elliott
Eveleigh
Gibbons
Hawkey
Hitchcock
Jackson A
Jackson W
Kellaway
Lockyear
Mardon
Mathews
Mercer
Randall
Saunders
Spencer
Spurrill
Stannard
Stannard Jnr
Venn
Wallace
Williams
Wren
 
October 1944


Bolt
Cann
Chase
Childs
Clarke S
Cleave
Commins
Dart
Davey
Downing
Drew
Dyke
Gundry
Gill
Harris
Hedgeland
Hillman
Jackson A
Jackson W
Jackson Jnr
King
Long
Mardon
Martin
Mills
Montandon
Morris
Needs
Pinfold
Robert
Sheppard
Slade
Stannard W H
Stannard J H
Stocker
Thorn
Venn
Vosper
Welsh
Wyke

Fitting Shop
Adams
Bagwell
Beer
Chadwick
Collett
Edmonds
Ford
Gilsham
Harris
Hayman
Heard
Horn
Horwill
Murton
Prout
Richards
Troke
Wedlake
Williams

Pattern Shop
Arnold
Searle
Priest
AGA
Baker
Brown
Harris M W
 






m

fu

la
f
m



f

m




m


m
la
m




f
f



whm






f
f
f
ap
f


ap
f




f
ap
la
ap
f
ap


pmkr
pmkr
ap







January 1954

General Productive *
Commins
Murch Jun
Stannard
Drew P
Martin
Murch  Senr

Productive
Black
Brammer
Carpanini G
Drew D
Fitzgerald
Harris A J
Kettell
Lee A E
Lockyear
Lomas
Mardon
Melhuish
Montandom
Morrish
Nickles
Pinfold
Raddenbury
Reed
Salter
Scott
Shervington
Shute
Spencer
Tapp

Unproductive Supervision
Bye
Hedgeland
Pitts
Sambell
Westcott

Unproductive
Abday
Carpanini J
Greenaway
Holmes
Huxtable G R
Luxton
Mills
O’Flynn
Smith H F
Stocker
Warren
Way
Woolacott

Fettlers
Cockram
Davey
Johns
Sheppard
Sidley

General Fettlers
Roach
Vickery
Shearman
Slade
Lane
Harris S
Mellish
Gilks

KEY

f         fitter 
ap      apprentice
m       moulder
pmkr  patternmaker
la       labourer
whm   warehouseman
fu       furnaceman

When it comes to the Office Staff we do have a ledger that shows not only those that were located at the new offices at Tan Lane but also includes Alec Holladay (who had recently been appointed a Director) and perhaps one or two others that were based at the new Showroom at Central Station Buildings. The Wages book covers the period Week Ending 29th August 1939 through to the week ending 16th December 1961.

It is impractical to list everyone who was employed by the Company in an administrative or clerical capacity during this period but I have selected four examples starting with the Week Ending August 29th 1939. This was probably the first Pay Week for those Staff now operating out of the Tan Lane Foundry Offices.  In all four examples it includes the Directors and the amount they drew each week as well as the weekly salaries of the Office Staff. The Week Ending August 29th 1939  is reproduced in the first two columns of the Chart.

By the Pay Week commencing the Week Ending 7th August 1943 the Staff situation had changed somewhat and I have reproduce in the third and fourth Columns the names of the staff and their weekly drawings for that period.

Week Ending 29/8/1939

Holladay, Hugo
Holladay, Edgar
Holladay, Henry E.
Holladay, Alec H.
Horwill, F (Chief Clerk)
Randle, E
Piper, A
Sampson T.W.A
Taylor
Venn A.
Wellington
Acton, Miss
Kemp Miss
Rigg
Taylor
Mills, Major
Car Expenses
Wright, Captain
Car Expenses



£1.0.0.
£2.0.0,
£6.0.0.
£2.0.0.
£5.10.0.
£2.0.0.
£3.12.6.
£2.10.0.
£1.15.0.
£1.12.6
£1.2.6.
£3.10.0.
£1.15.0.
£1.15.0.
£0.17.6.

£5.0.0.

£5.0.0.

Week Ending 7/8/1943

Holladay, Hugo
Holladay Henry E.
Holladay Alec H.
Horwill F.
Piper A.
Smith, Miss
Acton, Miss
White, Miss
Whitty, Miss
Willis, Miss
Jackson A.
Baker F.
Wren F.
Kenny F.



£1.0.0.
£7.10.0.
£2.0.0.
£6.5.0.
£4.15.0.
£1.10.0.
£3.10.0.
£3.10.0.
£2.5.0.
£1.0.0.
£5.15.6.
£5.0.0.
£6.7.6.
£2.0.0.

We now move on to the Week Ending the 12th August 1950 and in the third and fourth columns the Week Ending 12th August 1961.

Compared with the 19th century the records are becoming more ‘humanised’ and the use of Staff Members’ Initials is far more commonplace whereas back then you had to have a close relative of the same surname to have any mention of your initial, and even then it was purely to avoid bureaucratic confusion!

Week Ending 12/8/1950

Holladay, Henry E.
Jackson A.
Adams W.A.
Taylor R.G.
Herring D.C.
Lampson T.W.A.
Rowland P.K.
Sleeman J.H.
Brown P.J.
Shell J.E.G.
Saunders A.E.
Edwards C.G.
Cooke, Miss
Jackson W.
Rice R.L.
Venn A.G.
Priest E.G.
Passmore A.
Page, Miss
Horwill F.
Webber P.J.N.
White, Miss E.
Bendle, Miss

Showroom
Holladay. Alec H.
Piper A.
Loosemoore, Miss




£7.10.0.
£7.0.0.
£8.10.0.
£6.5.0.
£5.15.0.
£6.0.0.
£4.2.0.
£4.1.0.
£5.7.0.
£2.8.6.
£8.0.0.
£1.0.0.
£4.5.0.
£8.10.0.
£7.10.0.
£6.12.6.
£5.15.0.
£5.10.0.
£4.0.0.
£6.17.6.
£4.17.6.
£5.5.0.
£4.0.0.


£17.5.0.
£6.10.0.
£3.10.0.

Week Ending 12/8/1961

Holladay, Henry E.
Jackson A.
Williamson A.S.
Newton J.H.
Jackson W.
Venn A.G.
Passmore S.H.L.
Withers, Mrs C.
Webber P.N.J.
White, Miss E.
Sampson T.W.A.
Camble, Miss D.
Turner, Miss A.
Wood K.R.
Muxlow, Mrs K.
Baker H.W.
Wilcock C.
Kemp A.
Kellaway A.





Showroom
Holladay, Alec H.
Piper A.




£ 9.0.0.
£10.15.0.
£17.10.0.
£17.5.0.
£15.7.6.
£15.8.6.
£12.8.6.
£7.18.0.
£12.16.0.
£11.3.0.
£12.16.0.
£7.18.6.
£2.10.0
£12.8.6.
£4.3.6.
£10.15.0.
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£17.5.0.
£12.16.0.


Just how much use all this information will be to readers I have not a clue – it is useful to remember however that any records that do exist, which are actually the property of the Holladay Family, are in the care of (but not property of) The South West Heritage Trust and the Reference for the whole collection is 2783B. Whilst they cannot be removed from the Heritage Centre they can all be viewed there during their Open Hours.

Go to the South West Heritage Centre Trust Website for more information:-
https://swheritage.org.uk/devon-archives/visit/devon-heritage-centre/

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