Photo Gallery 20190528

This page of the website has been created to record photographs (or interesting documents) that have been provided to us relating to the Newall Group of companies, and have not been used on other pages of this website.  It was last updated in May 2019.

If you, the reader, have any photographs that you’d like to be added to this page, please contact us using the email address shown on our ‘feedback‘ page.


At the start of this page, we provide photographs of those we consider to be the primary architects of the Newall Engineering Group’s successes through the 1930s to the 1960s.


Our thanks to Iris and Ted Sharman for contacting us and providing a copy of the ‘Precision’ newsletter, No 1, Vol 1, published by the company in January 1947. From that document, we obtained the photograph of Sydney Player (above), and Kenneth Summers (below). Our thanks also go to John Seiffert (previously of Matchless Machines Limited) for a mid-1960s photograph from which we extacted the image of Denis Player. We still hope to obtain a photograph of James Player to complete this section – a photo slot is reseved below.

[[The layout of the three images below requires improvement. Bear with us while we work out how to do it! Perhaps we’ll get some better images at the same time.]]

Kenneth Summers

Denis Player


The documents in the following section have been supplied by various individuals. Any new images will be added to the top of this section in the order received.

John Riddington (designer of the Large Abrasive Belt Grinder and involved in the design and development of many other Newall machines) recently sent us a photo of a forklift truck driver and his mate, plus a group of photos taken at the Newall Sales Conference Dinner in 1961, held at the Angel Hotel (long since gone) in Peterborough. Here is the forklift photo:

Newall employees hard at work

One of his photos of the dinner was already included on this page (further below) so we have not duplicated it in this collection.  We’re hoping someone will write in and help put some names to faces in the other images (click on any of the images to enlarge):

Newall Sales Conference Dinner 1961 (1)

Newall Sales Conference Dinner 1961 (2)

We can even show you what was on the menu that night:

Newall Sales Conference Dinner 1961 Menu (1)

Newall Sales Conference Dinner 1961 Menu (2)

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The following photo recently came to our attention and shows Newall’s No.1 factory in 1934, the year before it came into their ownership.  At the time, it belonged to Harry F. Atkins.  It has now been added to our Newall Engineering Factories page where you can find some additional comments, as well as a modern view of the same site.

Harry F Atkins Factory and Old Fletton Council School 1934.

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These two photographs were sent to us by Ludovico Mosca in Sorrento, Italy. He states that he “found these in my archive (they are part of a lot of negative films I purchased on eBay some years ago and which I’m still gradually scanning), I suppose the photos were shot in the sixties (probably 1967 or 1968) in England, maybe they could be useful for your web site.”

Reference the photo on the left, we had not previously heard of a ‘Newall Mechanical Handling Division’, or ‘Payload’. Is the latter a  marketing brand of Newall? Perhaps someone out there can send us some feedback on that.

In January 2019 we were delighted to receive a message from Brian Murphy, who confirms that the gentleman seated in the right-hand photo is his father, Eddie Murphy (who will be 99 in March and still going strong).  Eddie was Sales Manager at Keighley Grinders and later became Managing Director of Newtool in Fakenham.  We believe the photo is from around the time of the International Machine Tool Exhibition in 1964 at Olympia.  Eddie has confirmed that the photo was taken in his office at Keighley Grinders, although he cannot remember who the other gentleman is.  Take a look at our Memories page for some further reminiscences from Eddie Murphy.

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Our thanks to Chris Bennett who worked in Newall Group Sales (1964 – 69) for this image (click image to enlarge) of a note pad which was produced for distribution at machine tool exhibitions. Coming up to 50 years old, there cannot be many of these left now!

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The following typed lecture notes have been discovered.  There are notes for two different lectures, each no doubt targeted at an audience of professional engineers.  They were written and presented by Joe Hobbs, probably in the late 1950’s.

The first lecture outlines the history of measurement standards and goes on to discuss comprehensively the various methods available at that time of linear and rotary measurement, as well as checking surface finish.  Even if the subject doesn’t particularly appeal, you may still find it interesting to see how attitudes and behaviour have changed since that time.  For example, he clearly expected his audience to be exclusively male, as witnessed by his introductory remarks: “Mr Chairman and gentlemen”.  The rather formal language, and politeness of remarks to the audience also seem somewhat strange to the modern ear.  The original typed notes (including errors and a possible missing, un-numbered page) are reproduced in their entirety in a pdf file but you can get a flavour of the contents by viewing the first couple of pages in the images below (click to enlarge).

Precision Measurement – 2

Precision Measurement – 1

The second lecture is entitled “INSPECTION AS AN AID TO PRODUCTION” and it also is available as a facsimile of the original typed notes, in a pdf file.  Again, you can get a feel for the content by viewing the first couple of pages below.

Inspection – 1

Inspection – 2

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This little object was snapped up by the author in an eBay auction in 2017.  It is a 4-sided glass prism with the Newall Aerospace logo printed on the base and visible at various angles when viewed through the different faces.  It is about 40mm square and 40mm high and comes in its own presentation box and was presumably a sales promotional give-away, perhaps at an exhibition.

Prism Detail

Newall Aerospace Prism

The previous item was obviously produced during the later years of the company, when it was briefly known as Newall-Aerospace, but here is another sales give-away, this time from a much earlier era (early 1960’s).  In the days before smart-phones, personal computers and pocket calculators, other ways were used to perform rapid multiplication and division of large numbers, and various other mathematical conversions.  When the young engineers of the 1950’s and 1960’s were at school, these tasks were accomplished by the laborious use of logarithmic tables, which enabled multiplication and division to be  performed by the addition and subtraction of logarithmic equivalents.  [[How many of us could still manage to use those?]]  But when these young students got to Technical College or University they were able to abandon those log tables for many such tasks, and were introduced instead to the wonders of the slide rule, which made such calculations possible in just a few seconds, albeit with restricted accuracy.

Slide Rule

Slide Rule Reverse

This is a high-quality compact slide rule (model Nr. 89) complete with presentation leather case, manufactured for Newall by the German company Aristo, who were one of the leading producers of slide rules.  The manufacturer’s code G6129 is stamped on the underside of the main body.  You might like to visit the Aristo Slide Rule Museum website for a fascinating insight into these devices.

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The photo below shows a special test rig manufactured by OMT for an unknown overseas customer [[the plate on the side suggests Russian?]].  We have no details of what the rig was used for.  It appears to have two axes of movement but with a single axis of digital readout.  Could it perhaps be measuring the roundness of the solid disk on the shaft at the bottom?

Test Rig

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The following photo is of a Newall Sales Conference dinner in 1961.  They all seem to be having a nice time!  We can identify Cyril Stocks (bottom right corner), Jack Hann (OMT) at the left-hand head of table with Stan Hoare to his left, and second from the right on this side of the table is Joe Hobbs.

Newall Sales Conference Dinner 1961

Here is another photo featuring Joe Hobbs (second from right), this time representing Newall Engineering in 1959 on one of his many visits to Russia around that time.  He was working at a Machine Tool Exhibition in Moscow, when he was asked to make himself available to attend a small private dinner party that evening.  He was intrigued to find himself one of a party of a dozen businessmen from the UK at a dinner hosted by Nikita Krushchev, shown seated at the head of the table.  I don’t know if there was any food to go with all that drink!  Following further sales visits, an order was negotiated for over 20 Spacematic jig borers, which would have been Newall’s largest-ever single order.  But the British government decided the associated control system technology was too sensitive to be handed to the Russians, an embargo was put on the sale of those machines and the order was never fulfilled: many months of careful and patient effort (and many glasses of vodka), all for nought.

Krushchev and Guests, Moscow.

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The next two photographs were supplied by Garry Breeze, whose mother, Joy (Ann) Breeze, worked in the drawing office in the mid 1960s. We understand that the photographs were taken at an office Christmas party. We recognise some of the individuals in the photo on the left, but are not sure about the photo on the right. If anyone can provide further information on these photos (where/when taken, and the people shown), we’ll update this page.

[[Update from Ray Morris: photo on left, from left, Ray Hill, Fred Addy, Dick West & Brian Andrews. We still do not know the occasion.]]

[[See also comment below from Susan Cartledge – the occasion was indeed a Christmas party, in late 1978, or 79.]]

[[We had been considering removing the photo on the right, because our enquiries had been unable to identify anyone on the picture, and we were beginning to think it was not relevant to the Newall Group. Then, just as we were about to make that decision, we had an email from a Susan Cartledge, the contents of which follows:]]

“Rather a shock but that’s me at the front of this picture (was Susan Barrow) – worked in the drawing office with Neil Judge.  Next to me is Lyn Waller, and not sure if that is Sue Bell (was Smith) the other side of Lyn.  The occasion for this and Ray’s singing group would have been Christmas and I would think it is either 1978 or 1979.  I did become the subject of one of Ray’s Christmas song verses which was aired at the rowing club before it was demolished to make way for the parkway but that was later than the above picture.
I will have to hunt them out but have a number of images from late 70’s and early 80’s taken by me or my Mum (Paddy Barrow) who worked in purchasing.
Hope the above is a little helpful and I will try to sort out further images.”

[[We look forward to receiving those ‘further images’ from Susan. Watch this space!]]

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Two interesting documents follow. We presume from these documents, the the company used to produce a ‘newsletter’ called “precision”. Hopefully, someone can confirm this, and can perhaps provide copies of other issues if they exist.

On the left, page 24 prints a letter to the editor of ‘Precision’ from G. E. Scotting, and features a profile of Harry Richardson; while page 25 features a report from MTE referring to a works outing, and offers a few ‘Doubtful Definitions’ by S Midgley. On the right, page 30, under Harry Richardson, refers to  ‘Precision No2‘, and page 31 provides a tour of the works in rhyme.


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 This report in the local newspaper relates to the Company’s reward scheme for apprentices succeeding in their training and/or college course. Click on the image to see an enlarged (readable) image.

On the left, we can identify Lech Pilarski, and on the right Ian Stacey.

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Newall’s standard for ‘Limits and Fits’ is shown in the images below. Click on an image to enlarge.


Photo below supplied by Nick Lynch showing Keighley Grinders drawing office staff in the early 1980s. It features (L to R):

Peter Bullough, Harvi Chana, Jim Mortimer, Ray Shackleton, ?, Malcolm Horsfall, Pat (surname forgotten), Chris Ross, Geoff Perigo, ?, Nick Wynch

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Two images below supplied by Tom Skop. The first was taken on the steps outside the reception entrance at the No2 factory in Shrewsbury Avenue. Date believed to be mid 1960s.

It features, left to right: Alan Pitam; Dennis Lunn; Stan Roberts; Ron Woodcock; Ron? Unwin; Jenny Bennett (reception); A Russian Representative; Len Bussey; Kathy Skop (was Friedman); June Shewan (partly hidden); June Lincoln; Richard Spinks; John(?) Polhill.
The second image on the left was also taken at the No2 factory. Third from the right, is Malcolm Watson. At present, we have no further information on this group, or the occasion of this photograph.

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These four images (a photo and 3 press cuttings) were supplied by Sheila Hollis. The first shows Sheila and Harry Smith with the Newall camera on display at an Olympia (machine tool) exhibition; the second at same exhibition with Vernon Wheeler; and then two featured in a local newspaper following the presentation of clocks to staff who had completed 25 years service with the company.


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 This photograph was supplied via a neighbour, and was entitled ‘Ginger McCombe send-off’. We presume that it marks Mr McCombe’s retirement, and that ‘Ginger’ McCombe is the one at the centre-front with his wife (we also presume) holding his arm. Unfortunately, we cannot name any of the people in the group. We also believe that the photo was taken at the Fletton Avenue factory (based on the brick kiln chimneys in the background) in the 1960s.

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