Hartley Electromotive

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  1. Alan Graham says:

    Thank you that was very interesting,as Hartleys was my first place of work back in 1972 i seem to remeber workinking on assembly line,making ,power uninit for milk float,great to see again,& pleased to learn it was a WW1 aircraft Hanger,good memories

  2. Nice to see that the memory of Hartleys is still alive.I started work at Hartleys in about 1967 after my interview with Mr Ron Gunn I was put to work on the assembly lines on the upper floor and my foreman was Clive Llewellyn.
    I have some very happy memories of my time there(initially I only went to work there as a stop gap to training for another trade) and I finished working there when made reduntant in 1970/71.There were some great characters and the work was very interesting albeat just ‘nuts and bolts’ and working from drawings which were hung up in front of the bench in front of you. My late brother used to work downstairs in the machine shop on one of the lathes and his boss was called Pete Walton. Many thanks for putting this site on the web.

  3. Steve Merchant says:

    I don’t suppose for a minute that anyone can remember a Robert Akers who lived in Greenfields. Robert was my grandfather, I’m 55 now and I remember from my childhood stories concerning Hartleys and how Robert was involved in the early days. Family legend had it that Robert was hard done by somehow and should had more success with the company than he did have. I remember claims that he even helped to found the company! I’d be interested in any recollections though I think we are talking about the 1930’s here. I definately recall seeing a signed letter from PM Neville Chamberlain in gratitude for some electrical device or system that Robert devised for the navy {submarines I think} in the early days of the war. Many thanks in anticipation.

    • Malcolm Boswell says:

      Martin, I remember a Bob Akers. I joined Hartleys in 1955 and he was working in a small machine shop. It was my first job, I was an 18 year old trainee and later became a graduate apprentice. I started in the “Laboratory” machine shop working under the guidance of a Fred Shulz, who if I remember correctly had replaced Bob in that location, who was now working in another machine shop location. Everyone had great respect for Bob’s capabilities, and from time to time I chatted to him. He suffered from Malaria. The main machine shop superintendent was Les Snooks and the foreman was Peter Walton as mentioned by Martin Hughes below.

  4. Shaun says:

    Wow i live just down the road from what was Shrewsbury Electronics in monkmoor, i never realised the history

  5. richard lines says:

    i have just purchased a Hartley Electromotive 20″ signalling projector serial number HEL 008 .i would appreciate any knowledge you may have on the unit and which ship(if any)it was on . thankyou

  6. B solomon says:

    Is further information available on other parts of cray group 1984 including who was chairman in that year.

  7. Diana Rhodes nee Williamson says:

    I remember the Wondergram being produced, they tested them on the production line with a record of The Rain In Spain, I heard it hundreds of times a day. Sergio Favero was the inventor of the Wondergram and he drove a maroon Studenbaker car, not many of those in Shrewsbury in the late 1950’s


    worked at Monkmoor Rd site from 1982 to 1989, Some great memories and some wonderful colleagues. Nigel Cuttiing employed me as a”wet behind the ears” 17 year old. Fond memories of Dave Paddock, Paul Roberts, Mike Skone, Derek Povey, Ray Leech, Colin Hose, Anne Edge and many many more. Lost touch having moved away a number of years ago. Would be very interested to know how those and other people are. Great times, Happy Days

    • DAVE PADDOCK says:



  9. Hi, I worked at Shrewsbury Electronics around 1980 to 1983 as a Post-Design engineer on the Naval Sonar equipment. Very interesting and challenging work.

  10. DAVE PADDOCK says:


    • Hi , I worked for a short period in 1982 when it was Shrewsbury electronic Engineers. Reg Parry was the Chief Engineer, great bloke. Neville Collier was also there. I can remember the lads in the Naval section but can’t remember names. Nice people worked there at the time.

  11. Phil Poole says:

    Just found this website. Very interesting. My late Dad (Charles Poole) worked at Hartley’s from 1952-1985. I thinh he was in the QA dept. and I can remember him talking about Nigel Cutting and Ken Lock. I have a newspaper photo of his retirement presentation if you’re interested.

  12. Nick Edwards says:

    Hi, Love this information. My grandmother and mother worked at Hartleys during the 60/70s. We have owned the building since the late 1980’s. Its now a business centre. There are offices, workshops, retail shops and warehousing here now. The Belfast roof is still en-tacked with all the timber framework visible. Quite a piece of construction work.

  13. I remember meeting Mr.Hartley in the late 1950s. His company had taken over the name of my father’s old company and he very kindly arranged to continue paying my mother’s pension — with generous adjustment for inflation! He helped me to get some contacts in Canada to which I emigrated in 1960.

  14. Marc says:

    I was fascinated to read about Hartleys being involved in supplying wiring looms for BISF Houses. Does anybody know in what form these were supplied? ie were they loose kits or were they actual complete wiring looms?
    Were Hartleys the only suppliers in the UK for these kits or did they supply on a regional / local basis

    • Norman Doctor says:

      As an App electrician in 1954 I used the Octopus wiring kits on housing on the Woodchurch Estate Birkenhead, they were of Tough Rubber Sheaf cable which had a life of 26 years, not a good system at the time, always something short in the kits.

  15. Maureen Powell, nee Beamond says:

    This brought back memories. My Dad, Bill Beamond, worked at Hartleys for years until his retirement – probaby sometime in the 80’s. So many of the names mentioned are familiar to me. Does anyone remember Bill?

  16. Nicholas Veit says:

    After the death of my grandfather, Julius Veit, in 1948 his wife Gertrud sold Duratube and Wire to Hartley. I believe that her decision to seek financial security was a great disappointment to their son Gerry although he continued in the industry with a major German manufacturer of extrusion plant. I was delighted to learn more here and find some adverts from the 1940s.

  17. Carol Morris says:

    Saw a lot of these names on clock cards weekly as they came through the wages office where I worked 1965 -1971

  18. Gill Heaney says:

    My late father held a share certificate (No.3550) for 33 Ordinary shares of 1s (shilling) each in the name Hartley Baird Limited, it is dated 4th October 1955. Would this be the same company?

  19. Trevor Tuffin says:

    Worked at hartleys from 1967 to 1993,remember all who worked with me at that time. Good memories of
    Starting work and making great mates .

  20. Shirley Casey (née Parrott) says:

    I worked at Hartleys from 1953 to 1955 as a typist. I remember Heather Jones, Muriel Cooper, Rosemary Cole and Jean Groom. We worked under the eagle eye of Ada Woodvine our supervisor.
    We all had individual bosses, I worked for Doc Hamburger and later Peter Buckley who ran the Laboratory. They used to go out on ships to test their Auto Pilot in situ. This made for very interesting tapes coming back for transcription.
    I remember a lot of people mentioned in the article, such as Ron Gunn, Ray Leech, John Symonds. It was a happy time, and I left there to marry and move overseas. I now live in South Australia.

  21. Mike Clarke says:

    Worked as a electronics engineer,1961/1964 on Naval sonar equipment,R.Evans/V.Bloss,chief and deputy inspectors respectively.I still talk about the fantastic quality of work turned out.I loved every minute of my time there.

  22. colin brookes says:

    i worked there from 1969 to when it finished trading great times

  23. Robert tandy says:

    Worked at heartless, 1965 Till 1970 ish. Worked in second line repairs updating/mod. For the ministry. Rob gunna was production manager. Harry will was line for man.

  24. David Knight says:

    Interesting article. I now own Hartley’s with my business partner.
    We purchased off Cray Electronics in 1994 and converted into a number of industrial and retail units. Some of the original tenants are still running thriving businesses here today. We operated Cane & Wicker from the premises for several years and this is now a landmark building.
    Many Shrewsbury people come here and comment that either they or their families worked here and the history is fascinating.
    When I get time I will try and add another 25 years to the story!

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