Posted by: kbenoy | March 21, 2012

Side Welders Association

The Side Welders Association was founded on 24th June 1919 on the agreement that “The distribution of orders [would be] by weight, in accordance with an agreed scale of percentages of the total orders available”. The Association existed to promote the interests of their members, who were all manufacturers of chains, cables and anchors, mostly for use on large ships.

Side Welders were a specific type of welder. The Census 1921 Dictionary of Occupational Terms gives an interesting account of the work of a Welder:

Welder - Definition

The Association was in operation from 1919-1924 when it was decided not to renew the Agreement of Association. The Association was reformed and began operating from 1 July 1926. In June 1931 and June 1936 the Agreement of Association was renewed and this continued until 1942.

In 1920-1921 New Branches were formed: 

  • Side Welded chains and cables
  • End Welded chains and cables (started 9 Nov 1920)
  • Stockless Anchors (started 19 Oct 1921)

The Registered Office of the Association was 22 Darlington Street, care of Smith, Son & Wilkie, who managed the administrative side of the Association and worked as Secretaries.

I have found that one of the best ways to find out about a company is to look at their letterhead, which often contains a variety of useful information. Where possible, I have included images of the letterheads of the companies who were members of the Side Welders Association so you can see some of the details available. These letterheads generally date from the late 1930s.

Members of the Association:

Richard Sykes and Son Ltd, Cradley Heath, Staffs
(Member 1919-1936)
Side Welded Section, End Welded Section, Stockless Anchor Section

Letterhead Samuel Taylor & Sons (Brierley Hill) Limited

S Taylor and Sons (Brierley Hill) Ltd, Brierley Hill, Staffs
(Member 1919-Closure)
Side Welded Section, End Welded Section, Stockless Anchor Section

Letterhead John Green (Old Hill) Ltd

John Green (Old Hill) Ltd, Old Hill, Staffs
(Member 1919-Closure)
Side Welded Section, End Welded Section, Stockless Anchor Section

Letterhead Fellows Brothers Ltd

Fellows Brothers Ltd, Clyde Works, Cradley Heath, Staffs
(Member 1919-Closure)
Side Welded Section, End Welded Section, Stockless Anchor Section

Letterhead H P Parkes & Company Limited

H P Parkes and Co Ltd, Railway Works, Cradley Heath, Staffs
(Member 1919-Closure)
Side Welded Section, End Welded Section

Letterhead Round Oak Steel Works Ltd

Earl of Dudley’s Round Oak Works Ltd, Brierley Hill, Staffs
(Member 1919-Closure)
Side Welded Section, End Welded Section

Letterhead Noah Hingley and Sons Ltd

Noah Hingley and Sons Ltd, Netherton Iron Works, Dudley, Worcestershire
(Member 1919-Closure)
Side Welded Section, End Welded Section, Stockless Anchor Section

Dudley Archives hold the Noah Hingley Collection

Letterhead Henry Wood & Co Ltd

H Wood and Co Ltd, Saltney, Nr Chester
(Member 1919-Closure)
Side Welded Section, End Welded Section

Letterhead Noah Bloomer & Sons Ltd

Noah Bloomer and Sons Ltd, Oak Works, Quarry Bank, Brierley Hill
(Member 1919-Closure)
Side Welded Section, End Welded Section

Letterhead Brown Lenox & Co Ltd

Brown Lenox and Co Ltd, Pontypridd, Glamorgan
(Member 1919-Closure)
Side Welded Section, End Welded Section, Stockless Anchor Section

Letterhead Kendrick & Mole Ltd

Kendrick and Mole Ltd, Cradley Heath, Staffs
(Member 1919-Closure)
Side Welded Section, End Welded Section

Letterhead Joseph Westwood & Sons (Cradley Heath) Ltd

J Westwood and Sons (Cradley Heath) Ltd, Compton Works, Cradley Heath, Staffs
(Member 1926-Closure)
End Welded Section

Letterhead Joseph Wright & Co Limited

J Wright and Co Ltd, Tipton, Staffs
(Member 1936-Closure)
Stockless Anchor Section

WL Byers and Co Ltd, Sunderland
(Member 1919-1924)
Stockless Anchor

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