Samuel Booths Co Ltd, Brassfounder, Cheapside, Birmingham, UK

Always a family business, Samuel Booth Co Ltd, Cheapside, Birmingham first started manufacturing gaslight and water fittings in the latter half of the 19th century. The premises were in a merchants house in Cheapside, B,ham this was expanded and extended to adjacent Bradford Street becoming a self contained manufacturing unit. The raw materials were delivered and finished products left the dispatch dept, all research and development/design was done in-house.

My connection with Booths is that my dad, three of his brothers, their wives, my brother and myself all worked at Booths at some point since 1952. Whilst studying for my MA in Photography (1998) I undertook to re-visit Booths and spent 2 days shooting there. The photographs show the heavy industry in Birmingham and hint at the very direct humour and character of the workforce shown in their reaction to the camera and in the graffiti on signs and walls of their workplace."

The photographs were all taken with Nikon F and F2 cameras using 24mm, 50mm and 85mm lenses.
The film used was Kodak Tri-X and Fuji Neopan 400

Comments

I worked there in the tool room from 1982 to 1996, loved it 😊
I worked here for 50 years from 1958 starting as an Apprentice to Arnold Foster, (35 years as Toolroom Foreman before retiring in 2008). Memories
I worked in the tool room from 1971 for 11 years , serving my apprenticeship there with John Rous as my foreman. Now working at Samuel Heaths as tool room supervisor.
i worked there from april 1956 until 2006. i remember the above people i worked with, anthony bellars. john rous. and keith bowen. i would love to get in touch with anyone who worked with me.
i started there in there in 1956 retired 50 years later and made some good friends
I visited the site many times to see Dennis Pick on behalf of NW A and UU. Always made welcome and a pleasure to meet many of the workers there.
Hello Walter Blake , hope your keeping well , if you would like to get in touch it would be lovely to hear from you and maybe meet up for a chat , message me on 07935786293 .
worked there in the 80 s fantastic place to work loved the people
lovely firm to work for till tyco took over and made every one redundant except 2 of us 50 years service came away with nothing because i was 5 months over 65
Knew John Rous and Wolly Blake and all their work mates what a great crowd
I worked there for a few years just before the takeover. Jean shorthouse is my mother. I too remember wolly. Great bloke. Hope all is well wolly.
I worked all over for Malcolm Graham Iris and the metre shop when we moved the atmosphere went
Worked in the foundry for a few years after the fettling shop my dads in these picture. His brother worked there at the same time. Had a good time there
Im in the pictures as well got my cider t shirt on lol
you are right jean tyco was not a good firm to work for have you seen any one margaret beril breada cathy i spoke to michiel reg george everton stan out of polishin shop. dont know where all the years have gone,the older you get it seems the quicker they go
Hi wolly I still keep in touch with Margaret and beryl not seen Margaret for ages as she moved to northants can’t see beryl at moment coz of Covid not seen the lads for ages I used to go and see Stan but not for a few years now as you say as you get older the years go quick and we get slower. How old are you now wolly I am 74. I talk to a friend of yours David Webb and his wife I have know David for 60 years lol xx
nealy 80 stan is 81
Well I must admit you don’t look your age..... stay safe speak soon xxx
thank you young lady xxxxxxxx
Your welcome wolly wish I was young. Do you see Harry at all? Also do you still speak to Dave Webb? He is a right pain can only believe half of what he says lol. Xx
thats one thing you cant do turn the clocks back we all wish that .the times we had there was magic hard work its something i will never forget day trips going up the pub going to the pictures courtin them days will stay with us all the best jean xxxxxxxxxxxxx
My Mother, Linda Lamb, was the Company Secretary for many years, until she retired in the 70’s. The Managing Director was Dennis Pick. I used to go to work with her in school holidays and sit at a little desk in her office typing the little brown wage envelopes every Friday! The Foremen would come up to collect the wages for their departments. I loved going there. I remember one of the foremen was called Bob Buswell. I also fondly remember Bernard Ruffles, he was such a lovely man. I remember he used to ride round on his bike I was always playing practical jokes on him. I put a brick in his saddle bag once 😂😂 Bernard and my Mom tried to fix me up with his Grandson when I was late teens! Happy memories of my Mom and the company.
Hi all, I used to distribute Samuel Booth taps many years ago in the early 90s. Lovely products, well made and quintessentially British.
It’s great to hear off new people from booths it was a great place to work
Would to get in touch with Wally Blake
Wally Blake my phone no is 0121 242 6922
We all know your number now lol. I hope you are keeping well. I worked at both places retired in 2006. Worked with Iris and Caroline at Bradford street with mrs maskell lol
i all
Hi Matt hope you are well.
Worked there 78 to 80 only 2 yrs but some nice people worked there

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