The first floor contained the Polishing Shop and the Machine Shop. In
the polishing shop men and women polished the nickel plated parts.
Nickel plating was eventually replaced by chrome plating. The second
floor contained the Toolroom, Engine Bench, Motorcycle Frame Stores and
the Motorcycle Building & Finishing Shop. The top floor contained the
Enamel Shop, Polishing and Dressing Shop, Lining Shop, Cycle Stores,
Cycle Building, Plating Shop and the Blacksmith's Shop. All of the
bicycles except the 2 speed special with the oilbath were built on the
top floor. The specials were built in a building in the centre of the
The buildings in Paul Street contained the
Motorcycle Finishing Shop, the Test House, Stores and Offices. The
toilets were in the top yard. They were very basic, and were built of
half-round tube with a piece of wood for the seat. There were 6 toilets
which were each separated by a plywood partition.
Gas lighting was used
throughout the works. Behind each gas mantle was a reflector which
consisted of a 12" or 15" white enamelled plate. Over the years the
enamel had been blackened by the flame and so the reflectors were not
very effective. Each time you opened the door in the middle machine
shop, the draught blew the gas mantles off the lights and they were
broken. You couldn't have a replacement for a week, and so you had to work with a bare flame. This meant that you had to open the door
carefully so as not to damage the mantles.