from the late 1950s and early 1960s when Wednesbury
was a Major Manufacturing Town
Before the industrial decline in the late 1970s and
1980s, Wednesbury was a successful manufacturing town,
where all kinds of products were made. Manufacturing has
now declined, and lost its once dominant position. Some of the
manufacturers such as F. H. Lloyd & Company Limited; The
Patent Shaft Steel Works; and Old Park Works, owned by
Metropolitan Cammell, had huge factories employing many
thousands of people. Others had small factories or
workshops which surrounded the town.
The noise of industry was everywhere. At night the sky
glowed with light from the factories, and the sounds of
heavy industry reverberated throughout the area. The
town was a busy place, with large amounts of components
and raw materials being delivered to the factories, and
finished products, both large, and small, being
delivered to customers.
It was a happy and affluent time, with nearly full
employment. There were jobs to be had for those willing
to work, and seemingly, job security for life, in a time
before the majority of local factories closed, and it
became unfashionable to work in industry.
We now live in a different age, where the urge to make
things, or be an engineer, or metallurgist has almost
gone. In the 1960s the slogan 'Made in Britain' meant
something, we were justifiably proud of our home-based
industries, and our world-beating products. The adverts
that follow cover only a fraction of once locally made
items, and give a flavour of what it was all
This section is based on information
obtained from some of the Wednesbury town guides and
handbooks from the late 1950s and early 1960s.