William Doxford & Son

Friday, March 12 2010

Drilling entabalure at Doxford’s engine plant, circa 1958.
Photo The Doxford Friend’s Association, Jim Duncan Archive.

(Click on the picture to see the rest of this remarkable set of photos of the Doxford engine plant in the late 1950s on the shipsnostalgia.com website.)

How many readers of Tunnel Vision have kept their school text books from the 1950s? Do you remember having to learn long lists of the activities carried out in various places. Cars were built in Birmingham, Coventry and Oxford, railway locomotives in Crewe, Doncaster, Swindon and Wolverhampton, and ships in towns such as Aberdeen, Barrow, Belfast, Birkenhead, Dumbarton, Glasgow, Portsmouth, Sunderland and Wallsend.

It seems as if it was only yesterday that Britain was the engineering workshop of the world, but half a century has passed since then and now we buy cars made in Japan, railway locomotives made in Canada and ships from Norway and Korea.

(A hat tip to Rubber Duck on the darkplaces.com website.)



One comment

  1. Britain’s engineering is not dead – just in foreign ownership. Toyota, Honda and Nissan build cars in Burnaston, Swindon and Sunderland; BMW builds Minis and Rolls-Royces while Volkswagen builds Bentleys. Kraft will soon be making Dairy Milk and Curly-Wurlies. Pilkington is owned by Nippon Sheet Glass and Babcocks by Korean Doosan.

    Who’s left? Rolls-Royce aero engines… and niche cycle manufacturers Pashley and Brompton!

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