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Westwood Works 1903-2003

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100 years of life at Westwood Works.


History Development of the site over nearly 100 years.

Westwood Pre-1904 Before Westwood Works came into being.

How it Started From tiny acorns.

The Westwood Works Culture The secret of the Company's success.

Outside Views Photographs from the first buildings to demolition in 2003.

Life at Westwood Works Life inside the Factory and Offices.

In the factory:

In the Offices:

An Artist in the Family Drawings by Rudolph Ihlee of life inside the factory.

The Great Fire The great Factory fire of 1922.

Westwood Works in 1923 The rebuilt Factory in 1923 following the 1922 fire.

Willesden to Peterborough The background to the move

Westwood Works at War The contribution made in two World Wars.

The Holdings Building A tour of the Holdings Company building.

Departments at Westwood Works The different sections of Westwood Works.

Bretton Developments in Coningsby Road.

Training at Westwood Works Developing people.

Producing Engineers of the Future Training Facilities

The Export Company "Export or Die".

The Drawing Office A revolution in Design Management.

The Heating and Ventilating Department A link with the past.

The Night Shift Life at Westwood in the small hours.

The "Outdoor Men" The men of the Field Engineering Department.

The Unions at Westwood Works Co-operation between men and management.

The Profit Sharing Scheme Sharing the rewards.

Documentation Some of the paperwork used at Westwood.

Corporate Identity How the Company presented itself.

Trade Exhibitions Showing the Company Flag

Group Newspapers Keeping the employees informed.

Housing Homes for employees.

Getting to Work From cycles to cars.

The Merger with APV Major changes between 1987 and 1992


Feeding the Three Thousand Catering for change and catering for cats.

On Site Services for Employees Meeting every need.

Site Services and Maintenance Keeping the Factory going.

Security Keeping Westwood safe.

The Railway Connection Westwood Work's link to the national railway network.

Transport Services The overnight Bedewell to Peterborough lorry service.

The Baker Perkins Fire Brigade The on-site Firemen and Fire Engines.

First Aid & St. John Ambulance Providing medical care and assistance on site.

Manor House Hospital Care for serious health problems.

The Company Aeroplane The Company Piper Aztec.

VIPs at Westwood Works Dignitaries and Customers visit Westwood.

The Company Chauffeurs Caring for visitors to Westwood Works.

Open Days Friends and Family visit Westwood Works.

Queen's Awards for Industry Awards for Export and Technological Achievement.

Baker Perkins in the Community - Employees involved in the broader community.

OLD FACES The people that made it happen.

Founding Fathers The key people in the development of the Company.

The Pointons Building the foundations of the Bakery machinery business.

The Baker Perkins Gallery Some of the many people who worked at Westwood.

Characters from WP&P in 1917 Extracts from "Pickings from Perkins".

Humour at Work Life at Westwood as seen by Bob Bains

GATHERINGS Meetings, Presentations and Events.

Get-togethers Social events, Outings and Dinners.

CPO Social Events The varied social events organised by the CPO.

Outings Days out organised by individual departments.

Fireworks Night A bit of excitement for the children and for the Fire Brigade!

Long Service Presentations The Company thanks its long service employees.

Retirement presentations Presentations from colleagues on retirement.

Retired members' Dinners A chance to meet old colleagues and swap memories.

Reunions Reunions of employees following the closure.

SPORTS AND PASTIMES Westwood Works at Play.

The Sports Club Facilities The Alma Road Clubhouse and Sports Ground.

Sports Club Activities The wide range of leisure activities open to employees.

The Supporters Association Raising funds for the Sports Club.

Sports Club Open Days Various sports events and a great day out.

Sportsman's Corner Commemorating exceptional service to the Sports Club.

Sports Club Cups and Trophies To the winners the spoils.

Sports Club Anniversaries Memories of the 21st, 50th and 75th Anniversaries.

Christmas Parties Volunteers give disadvantaged children a Christmas treat.

The Sports Club Closes 1991 sees the end of the Sports Clubhouse.

Westwood Works Musical Society 62 years of amateur dramatics.

THE END Production at Westwood comes to an end.

Leaving Westfield Road The end of nearly 100 years of production.

Awaiting the Developers Twelve years of neglect take their toll.

Demolition The end of an era.

HMP Peterborough Another era starts.

PUZZLE CORNER Test your memory.

REMINISCENCES Memories of life at Westwood Works.

THE WESTWOOD ROLL CALL Members of the "Family".

THE APPENDIX A collection of miscellaneous memories.

The Complete Website Contents List.

Where to find more information  Locations of more BP Memorabilia and Artefacts

Early Inventions The Genius of the Perkins and Baker Families

Some Historic Correspondence Important early letters.

Useful links - Other sites of interest.

NEWS Information of interest to ex-employees.

CREDITS Thanks to those who made the website happen.

GUESTBOOK Letters from our readers.

FORUM Discussions between contributors.


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