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Photo 1940s - J & R Fleming Ltd employees at Littleton & Badsey Growers premises

Description

Black and white photo of four employees of J & R Fleming Ltd taken during the latter part of World War II. A note on the back of the photo says: “Fred Wallin Senior on left with Bedford van outside factory during the later part of WW2 in Worcestershire – moved away from London blitz – making goggles and screens for Air Force.” The accompanying letter says that the man on Fred Wallin’s left was a driver from London; the other two men are unknown. Fred Wallin, who worked for the company for over 40 years, did not relocate to the Vale of Evesham, but visited the premises on a number of occasions as part of his responsibility for manufacturing. J & R Fleming leased part of the premises from Littleton & Badsey Growers (LBG); LBG occupied the site from 1908-2001. It is now Blackminster Business Park.

Year created
2016
Publication Date/Date Made
c1944-1945
Physical Characteristics (Dimensions)
14 cm x 8.5 cm
Physical Characteristics (Description)
Black and white photograph
Supporting Information

J & R Fleming Ltd, established in 1905, was a manufacturer of optical equipment, based at 146 Clerkenwell Road, London. Charles Binyon in his book, “An LGB story”, says that, during the war, “part of our premises was used by a firm producing articles for the Royal Air Force”. The company was in existence until 1985 when it went into liquidation; the registered office was then given as Chestnut Avenue, Eastleigh, Hampshire.

Donor or Creator of Records
Fred Wallin of Ashford, Middlesex (son of Fred Wallin in photo)
Provenance
Presumed to be a company photograph given to Fred Wallin
Nature of Acquisition
Gift
Accession Date
14th January 2016
Access Conditions
Contact Archive Manager
Reference
3260/AMG/LBG