Sue Boulding sent in some information on J.W. Naylor of Oldbury. The company produced tool screws and they were in operation in the 1930s onwards, in Albert Street.
Press advertisement, 1936
‘I didn't work there, but J. W. Naylor was my great-grandfather. His eldest daughter, my Grandma, Nina Bates worked in the small room where parcels were packed, with a lady called Joan. I would often go into the factory with her (in the 1950s) and run errands to the Post Office or the Co-op. I remember it as if it was yesterday, and loved the greasy metal smell of the swarf. My grandad Charles Bates worked for a while on one of the furnaces; he was something of a flirt with the ladies who worked on the lathes. A lady called Gladys Spilsbury worked in the stockroom, piled high with card boxes of screws. There was a small canteen upstairs, up some lethally greasy wooden steps, and grandma sometimes cooked fish and chips there for Joan, Gladys and me.
One of Naylor's sons, was there; he was bad-tempered, often drunk, and was quite abusive towards one man who worked there who had learning difficulties. J. W. Naylor left his wife Florence, and ran off with Adeline, the barmaid of a pub in the centre of Oldbury.’
This is a photograph of the marriage of William Naylor and Eudora Emma Rose, 1940 Smethwick. William (Bill) was J.W. Naylor's son.
Back row left to right: J W Naylor, Jack Lee, cousin of Dolly, William Naylor, Eudora (aka Dolly), Vera, uncle of Dolly.
Front row left to right: Florence J.W. Naylor's first wife, ? not known, Robert Naylor, ? not known, John Naylor, mum, aunt of Dolly.
J.W.’s first wife Florence is standing in front of him. Jack Lee, back row, husband of Vera Naylor (J.W.’s youngest daughter), ran funeral directors parlour in the area.’
Photograph attached of J.W. Naylor at the wedding of his son Bill to Eudora. J.W.’s first wife Florence is standing in front of him. Jack Lee, back row, husband of Vera Naylor (J.W.’s youngest daughter), ran a funeral directors in the area.
This photo shows J.W. Naylor with his second wife Adeline Lilla Skipp, in 1946. She was apparently the manageress of the Old Talbot Pub in Oldbury. (A Fanny Tipper, aged 21, is listed in the 1911 census as a general servant at the Old Talbot).
Adverts from 1953 and 1945. The company was operational well into the 1970s.