A Few of the Staff Working at the Atlas Stone Company between 1930 and 1970

If you can fill in any of the missing names then please add a comment at the bottom of this page.

Carpenters Best Kept Department
Back, L to R: Eric Chamberlain, Vic Anderson, Harold Hinkins, Joe Cooper, Patch Chamberlain, Ted Stanford, Jim Tucker, Sid Cann, Dickie Watson, Bill Halls, Ray Catley.
Front, L to R: Billy Taylor, Jack Housden, Sid Chamberlain, Stan Watts, George Catley
Bill Nunn
11am Tea Break in the 1950s
L to R: Alfie Day, Don Chinery, George Anderson, Bill Nunn
Bill Nunn
Ducting Gang in the early '50s
L to R Ken Truett, __________, George Anderson, Fred Dance, Alfie Day, Bert Turvey, Bill Nunn
Bill Nunn
Standard & SMG Section (1962)
Back Row L to R: ___, ____, Valerie Cooper or Sue Butler, _____, _____, Bett May, Carol Mead, Joan Hayes, Pauline Hiscock, ______, Mrs Forest, Mrs Bradley, Margaret Waldock
Middle Row L to R: _____, _____, _____, Jack Miles, Pam Cooper, _____, ____, ____
Front Row L to R: Bett Day, ____, May Foggo
Maud Pethrick
Loading Gang in the mid 40s
Back: Eddie Phelps, Alick Newman, _______, ______.
Front: Ralph Mead, Bob Jacobs (?), _______.
Christine Keith
Group of Atlas Workers in March 1955
Back Row L to R: ____, Fred Briggs_____, _____, _____, Fred Billett, Reg Catley
Third Row L to R: Harry Pullen, ____, _____, Jack Catley, _____Stan Watts, Bob Woods, _____.
Second Row L to R: George Pullen, ____, _____, Ted Day, ____, Bob Smith (blacksmith), Sid Chamberlain, ____ , _____
Front Row L to R: Bill Bullen, Charlie Phillips, Alec Newman, _____, ____, ____, ____, Sid Smith, ______.
Christine Keith
A Group of Workers during the War
Back, L to R: Doris____, ________, Jack Myles, Brenda East, Clara Hayes, Mrs ____ Carrington
Front, L to R: Joyce Chapman, Mrs Chapman, Joyce Warby, Joan Searle
Dolly Catley
In the 1940s
L to R: Mr ____ Ford, Bob Woods, _______ What is the connection between these three gentlemen?
Dolly Catley
Also in the 1940s
L to R Bill Hunt, _______ , Les Catley, Arch Hale. What is the connection between these four gentlemen?
Dolly Catley
Tom Smith - Blacksmith
Tom Smith is pictured here in 1954 when he was 83 years of age. Tom, actual name Robert Albert Smith, was born in 1872. He cycled from Royston to the Atlas every day for 23 years to work from 8.30am until 5.30pm in the blacksmith’s shop. Tom was very proud of his wife Edith and their family of six boys, four girls and twenty grand-children. One of his sons, Sid Smith, was also employed at the Atlas. Tom died in March 1957 aged 85.
Atlas Magazine
Arthur Ford with Wynn Racher on his right and Molly Jennings on his left. Molly married Fred Biggs.
Atlas Girls
L to R: Back:____, _____, Kath Payne, Front: Daphne Cooper, Hilda Payne. What is the connection of these girls?
Linda Clarke
Atlas Girls 2
L to R Marge Cooper, Rosie Pope, Betty Douse. What is the connection between these 3 girls?
Linda Clarke
Atlas Canteen Staff
Back row, far right: Pansy King or Sylvia Thomas
Front row, far right: Kathleen or Marina Thomas
Can you help us with any of the other names please?
Linda Clarke
The Baker Family at Eternit

Comments about this page

  • I believe on the photograph “Group of Atlas Workers in March 1955” the back row, second from the left (partially obscured by the man in the white short sleeve shirt), is my Grandfather, Fred Briggs who lived on Station Road in Shepreth. I also think that in the photograph from 1940 of Arthur Ford, where Wynn Racher is on his right, that the lady on his left is my grandmother, Molly Jennings, who married Fred Briggs.

    By Tom Briggs (25/08/2023)
  • In the first picture next to Patch Camberlain, the name missing is Ted Stanford. He he was my uncle.

    By Peggy Nunn (03/11/2022)
  • The Atlas canteen staff, I’m pretty sure the lady on the right isn’t Marina Thomas, I think it’s her sister Kathleen, with possibly her sister Sylvia behind her!! (Not 100% sure though) they were my aunts! I would date it at around the mid to late 40’s (my Dad Derek John Thomas also worked at Atlas when he left school around 1942/43 maybe?!) Haven’t seen any photos of him though.

    By Lindy Thomas (03/11/2022)
  • Arthur Ford is my grandfather. I too work at the Atlas, now called Etex Eternit. I have worked there for 35 years now. I started off in hand moulding then moved to number 10 machine doing shift work. It’s very modern now, compared to those old days!

    By Alan Ford (07/12/2021)
  • In one of your pictures from the Atlas Stone Co. Featuring Bill (Popeye) Stanford, he is shown standing on the operating platform of No.5 Machine during its commissioning in the early 60s. This machine was designed to produce Profile 3″ sheets and was the widest machine in operation as it produced double width sheets. I was his M/C. Assistant at that time (spare man). He was a pleasure to work with and taught me much.

    By George Joyce. (01/02/2021)

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