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Westwood Works 1903-2003


We would like to thank the following people and organisations for their help and generosity in developing this website:

Gabrielle Abbott
Mrs Dick Adams
Peter Ashley
APV Baker/Baker Perkins
Joan Bains
Ivan Bateman
Ralph & Janet Batson
Les Bennett
Mick Bingham
Sir Franklin Braithwaite
Hugh Brenton
Tom Brown
Bob Browning
John Burnham
Peter Carter
Pete Cary

Oscar Chuter
Chris Cipriani
Graham Crockett
Shirley Copland
Roger Coulthard
Alan Dann
Jim Deboo
Phyllis Doughty
Bob Edgar
Alan Eldred
Maurice Elmer
John Elliott
Jim Farrow
Jim Garrett
Margaret Grammer
Dick Griffin
John Griffin

Jim Grunow
Eddie Hall
John Hardy
Stephen Hargreaves
Dick Hill
David Hodge
Mike Hodge
Ruth & Harold Holmes
Peter Horwood
Don Jones
Colin Joyce
Jim Kowalczyk
Beryl Leach
Mike Leggatt
Mick Lord
Ray Lydiard
David Marshall

Roland Maycock
Alex McGlashan
Neil Mitchell
Mick Moss
Augustus Muir
The National Transport Archive
John Peake
Peterborough Evening Telegraph
Howard Pettit
Sonja Pollard
Stuart Preston
Geoff Ridgway
John Rouse
Les Sharp
Bert Slater
Mike Spencer

Stephen St-Clair Thompson
Gordon Steels
Dorothy Sterry-Blunt
Dennis Swingler
Dave Symonds
Ted Thain
Derek Turner
Russ Turner
Joan (Robinson) Walker
Dennis Ward
Charlie Webster
Dave Webster
Alan Wilkinson
Reg Wilcox
Mrs Ray Wilkins
Veronica Witten
Vic Young

To those not listed here who have contributed material, please accept our apologies and our gratitude.


During 1957, Barbara Westney and Margaret Barnes sat at adjacent desks in the Baker Perkins typing pool. They struck up a friendship which survived Barbara's many moves after she married.

Margaret married Dick Preston and remained in Peterborough. Barbara eventually settled in Florida. Letters flew over the Atlantic for many years until the advent of personal computers and e-mail. Photos of the places Barbara remembered in Peterborough were put onto a website, and when the Baker Perkins office blocks were demolished, photos of the demolition work were added so Barbara could see what was happening to her old workplace.

Dick and Margaret's son James, an ex-Baker Perkins employee, saw the pictures and thought that the student apprentices who joined the company with him in 1986 would also like to see them. He created another website specifically for the demolition photographs. Some of the contractors working on the Westfield Road site asked Dick and Margaret why they were taking photos every day, so they told them about the website. Word spread quickly and in a very short space of time, photographs of Baker Perkins history were being offered by many ex-employees. The rest, as they say, is history.

This website is the result of a great deal of help and enthusiasm from many people to whom we are extremely grateful.

Margaret, Dick & James Preston

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Margaret in training for her retirement task

Barbara Westney


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