The search for former employees and customers of an iconic Nottingham engineering firm has been gathering momentum, thanks to support from local media.
After reading about the centenary celebrations of Nottingham-based electrical engineering business The TEW Group on the West Bridgford Wire, one 78-year-old now living in Ruddington recalled her experiences as far back as the 1940s.
Irene Hardman remembers The TEW Group, formerly known as W H Tew & Company, with fondness. As a little girl growing up during World War II, her recollections are providing an important historical perspective, which the group is using on its commemorative centenary website.
Originally set up on Bertram Street in the Meadows, the company was founded by William Henry Tew in 1914, after moving to Nottingham from his native Wolverhampton. The company, which specialised in lighting, power and lifts, was a supplier to the Royal Ordnance factories in Nottingham during World War I and World War II.
Irene says: “I remember once Nottingham had a really bad air raid. We ran into the shelters in the Meadows but when we came out, the top of Tew’s factory had bullet holes! What a narrow escape.”
“We lived next door to the factory in the 1940s. The lovely Mr Tew was so kind and caring, always giving us bananas and sweets, which was a luxury in the 1940s. He was part of our childhood and it was a pleasure to have known him.”
Friend of Irene, 74-year-old Betty Parker, also lived on Bertram Street and has fond memories of the site where she grew up. She added: “Reading about the centenary brought back a lot of old memories. I remember Mr Tew well and the children on the street would always look forward to seeing him. He was very kind. The factory was a huge part of life in the 1940s and I’m thrilled that it has continued and is now celebrating 100 years.”
The search for former employees and customers has gone from strength to strength, with more people coming out of the woodwork to share their experiences of one of the city’s most successful engineering business.
The site of the original TEW factory was on Bertram Street in the Meadows, which was cleared in the late 1960s. The street was originally accessed via a small tunnel off Crocus Street, and ran behind the landmark Hicking Pentecost building on Queen’s Road, opposite Nottingham railway station.
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Notes to editors
The TEW Group comprises four core businesses:
TEW Control & Display are leaders in providing control panels, mimic diagrams, dynamic displays and passenger information systems for some of the world’s best known organisations control rooms including Network Rail.
TEWPlus offer a full range of installation & maintenance services plus consultation to aid their clients with telecoms designs, EMC matters & product acceptance. They also supply a niche range of specialist CCTV, perimeter and asset protection products.
Industrial Automation provides innovative machinery and automated production systems for the automotive, food & drink, consumer goods and general manufacturing industries.
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