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Kaga simpson
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76 of 84  Thu 29th Jun 2017 5:58pm  
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There was an old factory on the corner of Lythalls Lane and Bedlam Lane, Rubber and Ebonite I think it was called. It made a spongy substance, rolled it out into big sheets like lino, then cut it in pieces then moulded it into objects like bottle tops, put the articles in a huge heated drum, inside the drum were long trays that revolved inside the drum, while the articles baked. I only worked there for about three months when I was fourteen. I remember little about it.
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Cherwell
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77 of 84  Thu 29th Jun 2017 6:45pm  
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Directory of Coventry Manufacturers is an interest read if you're looking for "old Coventry firms" Thumbs up It includes a listing for: COVENTRY EBONITE & RUBBER CO., LTD. (THE), Bedlam Lane, Longford, Coventry. Products Manufactured: Ebonite, also Ebonite and Synthetic Resin Mouldings.
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Derrickarthur
Coventry
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78 of 84  Thu 29th Jun 2017 9:36pm  
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Cannot remember the Ebonite & Rubber Co but I wasn't born till 1951 in Arbury Avenue. My elder brother Allen was born in 1942 and vaguely remembers the factory behind the two bungalows at the top of Bedlam Lane and behind the chip shop and Roger's Pet Supplies and Mr Green the Hairdresser. It must have backed on the the gardens of the Olde Hall Pub (now demolished).
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79 of 84  Thu 29th Jun 2017 10:07pm  
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Liquidators appointed in 1956, according to The London Gazette
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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80 of 84  Fri 30th Jun 2017 5:26pm  
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Derrickarthur. Yes it had a cinder road, led off Bedlam Lane, it was right behind the pub, not quite the size of a football pitch. Had a few incendiary bombs hit it. Aug/Sept 1941 when I was there, cycled down Arbury then down Windmill Lane to A/G Rd.
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arthur p
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81 of 84  Fri 30th Jun 2017 7:46pm  
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I was born in Bedlam Lane in 1934 next to William Adams the coal merchant, stayed there till 1960, went to Windmill Road school.
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johnwright
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82 of 84  Sat 1st Jul 2017 10:13am  
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Hi Derrickarthur. You mention the two cottages in Bedlam Lane, and the chip shop on the corner of Bedlam Lane and Lythalls Lane. I have looked on Google maps and the area has completely changed now. When I was a kid in the 1950s/60s I went to school in Windmill Road, one of my old classmates was a lad called Peter Bird who lived in the first of the two cottages (now demolished). Also in our class was the daughter of the people who owned the chip shop, her name was Ann Scorer, I wonder where my old classmates are now. Also, next to the cottages was a warehouse, Brands Paper Merchants, I worked there once for a few months. I remember The Old Hall pub, had many a pint in there, such a pity that it was demolished, it was a lovely old building with much history.
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northampton
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83 of 84  Sat 8th Jul 2017 7:46am  
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On 29th Jun 2017 5:58pm, Kaga simpson said: There was an old factory on the corner of Lythalls Lane and Bedlam Lane, Rubber and Ebonite I think it was called. It made a spongy substance, rolled it out into big sheets like lino, then cut it in pieces then moulded it into objects like bottle tops, put the articles in a huge heated drum, inside the drum were long trays that revolved inside the drum, while the articles baked. I only worked there for about three months when I was fourteen. I remember little about it.
This large heated drum was probably an "Autoclave", still used to this day to make rubber rollers etc. from sheet rubber. Can be steam, most common, heated, electric, or occassionally gas fired. Similar systems used to make car windscreens, etc. In truth there is not a lot of things/stuff made without heat, although they are trying to move away from it where possible these days, due to energy costs etc.
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arthur p
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84 of 84  Sun 9th Jul 2017 5:44pm  
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In the late 1940s the chip shop was run by the Bonsor family, next door was a boot & shoe repairers, next was the hairdressers, next Catfords pet shop, next was Smiths sweet shop, next a garage.
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