REUNION: Search for Swinney’s staff

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Swinney Brothers closed 31 years ago (1866-1985), and along with many others in the area, I worked there.

From 1963 to around 1970 I was an apprentice with the firm, then a fitter/turner.

On odd occasions I bump into ex-employees, but it is solely by chance. If anyone would like to join an informal reunion, call it a get together, please contact me at

I’m sure locals will recall Schat Davits towering over the site, fumes from the cast iron foundry, and in 1972, the fire which engulfed the workshops.

There is a lot of history associated with this firm and I have a few photos. I’m sure others have too. Get in touch.

Phil Huntley