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Alfred Allen & Sons Ltd.
1938 trade advert. (Grace's Guide to British Industrial Heritage)
Deepdale Lane, Lower Gornal
The works at Deepdale bank was situated opposite the Horse and Jockey Inn (Black Bear).
The company produced metal fabrications mainly for industry such as water tanks, hoppers and chutes, in the early days they were mainly colliery furniture manufactures.
A works gathering at Alfred Allen, unknown date.
Photo courtesy of J. Powers.
Alfred Allen owned and occupied a large house which he named 'Allendale', the building is still present in Church Street.
His father Edwin Allen, of Deepdale Lane was listed as a Colliery Furnisher in 1901, Alfred had just been born.[Census]
The companay appeared in the same 1916 trade directory as Alfred Allen & Son Limited, colliery furniture manufacturers.
The factory was demolished around 2002 and the land cleared ready for redevelopment.
Luxury and rather elegant 'Regency Court', a block of luxury apartments were built on the site in 2004.
The Black Country is well known for safe making, and safe making continues in Gornal.
A trade directory of 1880 lists Charles Daniel from Stafford, safe maker. In the 1871 census he is listed as an iron safe manufacturer, living at nr. 10 Chapel Walk, Gornal Wood.
An old map c1890 shows a Safe Works established off Bull Street, the works was located near Chapel Walk.
This could have belonged to Charles Daniel, or later to Bradley & Flavell, more info sought on this.
In 1896 Bradley & Flavell, were safe makers in Lower Gornal according to Kelly's Trade Directory.
Arthur Moss of Upper Gornal, was also a well known safe maker, an example of one of their safes is on display in the Black Country Museum.
Moss was licensee of the aptly named Painters Arms in Upper Gornal, it seems likely that the works was adjacent to the pub.
Arthur Henry Moss, age 33, was living at 5 Church Street, Lower Gornal in 1901, occupation 'Safe Maker', together with his wife Caroline and family including Son Arthur Henry age 5. [Census]. In 1897 Arthur Moss was living at No.3 Church Street and an address in Kent Street, Upper Gornal, in 1899 Arthur Henry Moss was still living at No.3.
Stephen Cox Safe Works was established on the Dudley Road, Sedgley in 1890, Stephen Cox & Son were listed in a 1896 trade directory, the firm was trading until recent times, and produced a range of safes of both free standing and bank strong rooms.
They moved to Pensnett Trading Estate in the early 1970s but went into receivership in 1982.
The works on Dudley Road was demolished in the 1970s and six new detached houses built on the site.
Safe making in Gornal continues, Dudley Safes Ltd., in Deepdale Lane are one of the top manufacturers.
Newspaper advert from 1955
Russells Forge and Engineering Co. (Gornal) Ltd.
Holloway Works, Lower Gornal.
The works was operating in the 1950s, making wrought iron gates and railings etc.
DMW Motorcycles, Valley Road Works, Upper Gornal
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