Plaque pays trib­ute to Ken­wood founder

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man­u­fac­tur­ing and en­gi­neer­ing in­no­va­tion, as it con­tin­ues to do to­day.”

Ken Wood was born in Lon­don in 1916, and af­ter serv­ing as an RAF en­gi­neer dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, set up the Ken­wood Man­u­fac­tur­ing Com­pany. Within a few years, he be­came one of Bri­tain’s youngest mil­lion­aires.

His prod­ucts were pop­u­lar with house­wives of the time as he iden­ti­fied the tasks that gave them the most work, and then de­signed ma­chines to do those jobs for them.

Ken­wood was taken over in 1968 by Thorn Elec­tri­cal In­dus­tries, but Mr Wood re­tained an in­ter­est in the com­pany for the rest of his life. He died in Liphook, Hamp­shire, in 1997 aged 81.

In hon­our of the 70th an­niver­sary of the work­shop’s open­ing, The Light­box mu­seum in Wok­ing is stag­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion on Ken Wood’s life and works un­til Oc­to­ber 29.

Pic­ture: Gra­hame Larter WK171755_04

At the of­fi­cial un­veil­ing of the Ken­neth Wood blue plaque, the Mayor of Wok­ing, Cllr Gra­ham Cundy, with John Wood, Pat Wood and Gilly Wood

Pic­ture: Gra­hame Larter WK171755_09

The blue plaque re­mem­ber­ing Ken­neth Wood

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