Industrial / Business
Under construction and untested 16.10.2015
A few business names / industries from Letchworth's past / present, in no particular: order, size, date, or importance.
This needs more research. Information may be inaccurate or incomplete, most of this is based on what I have found in books, directories,
seen in photographs or heard about from local people so far, some who provide conflicting information.
My aim is to give viewers an idea of the diversity of the working environment over the years in the garden city.
Notes from talks on various industries and people from the Letchworth Garden City Societies Journal
Grace's Guide where you can find details of some of the industries, images from early advertising and reports of official
visits to some of the factories.
Bennett's - Ford car importer US models and dealer selling UK models also in Station Road 1919, Demolished 2000 to make a McCarthy & Stone Home development, after the Ford dealership moved next door.
Kryn and Lahy Foundry /
Kryn and Lahy Steel Founders and Engineers Ltd - Started 1915 by Belgian refugees to aid the war effort WW1. Metal workers / foundry - carbon steel castings, for all manner of heavy industrial applications, cars , bridges, cranes, railway engine wheels and parts, in wartime tank parts, shells, large bombs, portable bridges etc. I have seen pictures showing blast furnaces, convertors, and large cooling towers connected to the railway by sidings.
Shelvoke and Drewery - Internationaly successful manufacturer of Refuse Collection equipment - Dustcarts, and other Utility vehicles,
wartime manufacturer of miniature submarines Shelvoke Drewry History
extensive information and photographs.
A view across Glebe Road in the foreground, then in order Icknield Way with the Chater Lea factory tagged just to the left of centre, The Railway, Works Road, Baldock Road about 2/3 of the way up. Looking along Pixmore Avenue to the right,
Dunhams Lane Just to the left of center with Kryn and Lahy to the left about half way up, get your bearings from the tags.. I think that the factory just to the right of the tag for Cromwell road is the Shelvoke factory on Icknield Way.
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