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  • Short Summary

    John Bentley visiting Tri-ang toy factory.

  • Description

    This material is filmed in colour.

    Merton, London or Merthyr Tydfil, Wales.

    Various shots of several officials walking around the people working on production line in toy factory Tri-ang Pedigree. One of the men is John Bentley who is visiting a factory. Most of the workers are women. Various shots of the factory and its surroundings - typical English countryside. A castle is seen, unclear which. More shots of the factory with sign on front reading `Tri-ang Pedigree Ltd'. More shots of the women in a large factory hall working on industrial sewing machines seated in long rows.

    Cataloguer's note - Unclear who John Bentley is - Found one John Bentley in `Who is Who' - a successful businessman - could be him?

    A Pathe website user has informed us that John Bentley's company Barclay Securities Ltd bought Tri-ang in December 1971. He closed the Merton, London SW19 factory in June 1972 and moved production to Merthyr Tydfil in Wales. He sold Tri-ang by 1975.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    3049.08
    Media URN:
    86720
    Group:
    Unissued unused
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1970 - 1975
    Sound:
    Mute
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:06:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:46:36:00 / 01:52:38:00
    Canister:
    UN 4572 E

Comments (2)

  1. Ianbow says

    My Grandmotherr worked at the Tri-ang Merton Factory, South London, from the 1950's to 1970's, dressing Cindy Dolls. The exterior shots in this film are of The Welsh Valleys and terraced houses of Merthyr Tydfil and not of South London. However, it gives us a fascinating insite into the conditions in which our Grandmother worked to support her family.
    Thankyou & Best Regards, Ian

  2. chrisjones74 says

    The Castle is Cyfarthfa castle, and that\'s the Tri-Ang factory below it, the factory being built on some of the old iron works site. It looks like the the camera was somewhere on the Swansea road.

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