SS Great Bri­tain safe mak­ers

Black Country Bugle - - YOUR LETTERS -

THE let­ter about the West Bromwich safe found on SS Great Bri­tain in Bu­gle 1365, I think you will find the names is S. Withers.

The S was for Sa­muel. There were two safe mak­ing firms in West Bromwich, dif­fer­ent branches of the same fam­ily. In my younger days one was in Stoney Lane near where Al­bion played in for­mer days. The other was in Bar­ton Street, off Moor Street. I be­lieve both com­pa­nies lasted into the ’50/60s. John Howes West Bromwich

RE edi­tion 1365 ar­ti­cle about Brunel’s ship SS Great Bri­tain. The safe was made by S. Withers, not Smithers.

My dad Jim White­house worked there as a safe maker be­fore join­ing the Royal Navy at the out­break of the Sec­ond World War. Jane Daniels Cose­ley

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