People

 

Olive Abbot

Olive worked in the Accounting Department, dealing with bulk ledger cheques and bills. 

 

Alan and Kerry Bell

Alan and Kerry are twin brothers who started at Raleigh on the same day. In their own words they have always worked "within eyesight of each other". They still work for Raleigh, in the warehouse at Eastwood.

Maud Biersay

Maud worked in the Packing Department of Sturmey Archer for just under twenty years.

Vic Birmingham

Vic worked for over 30 years at Raleigh starting not long after the war and running the Plant Register, which meant keeping a careful eye on the different machines at the factory and traveling widely across the site, getting to look into just about every nook and cranny.

Derrick Buttress

Derrick was only at the factory for a year, before heading off to University. A celebrated local poet, he talks about his brief time as an Inspector there.

Sam Capsy

Sam worked at the factory for 48 years, starting as a mail delivery lad. After moving to the Tube Shop he became a Shop Steward and had to deal with a host of Health and Safety issues.

Alan Carlisle

Alan grew up around the factory and has fond memories of his time as a child there in the late fifties and early sixties; especially when the camera crews descended to make Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.

Denys Cave

Denys's father (pictured, with her mother) worked at Raleigh, beginning in offices in London, in Holborn and then Hatch End. The family moved up to Nottingham in the 40s, and though Denys was interested in cycling and racing she didn't work for Raleigh herself, beyond helping her father with odd bits of admin work.

Cath Collingham

Cath, who still works for Raleigh, started at the factory in 1973. She has worked in many departments and her various duties have included appearing on a very well known children's TV show.

Walter Cooper

Walter started working at Raleigh in 1948 in the Press Tool shop. He left the company and then rejoined, working in the same job.

John Coxon

John worked in Quality Testing but had a depressing introduction to life at Raleigh.

John Dexter

John started working at the factory in May 1946, at the age of fourteen, and saw both the tough working conditions of the late forties and early fifties; and how the factory rebuilt itself after the war years.

Reginald Dixon

Reginald was one of the last employees left in the factory when it was finally closed, and managed to save some of the Raleigh roses. He started in 1971 and spent much of his time in the Packing Department.

Frank Ellis

Frank carried out Work Study with the Personnel Department. His work has been able to give us a very clear insight into how the piecework at Raleigh was calculated. That information can be found here.

John English

John worked in Maintenance, acquiring numerous skills that helped him to avoid the creep of advancing redundancies.  

 

Aston Farquhar

Aston came to Nottingham from Jamaica in the early 1960's and worked in the Press Shop at Sturmey Archer where he became a Shop Steward.  

Trevor Fisher

Trevor was the last Tool Maker at the Raleigh. He started on December 29th 1971 and is now working as a Security Officer at the company's Eastwood depot.

Shaun Gordon

Shaun worked at the factory during his school holidays, following in the footsteps of his father who was a Product Designer. He found himself back there many years later just before it closed.

Harry Hardy

Harry worked at Raleigh for many years, mainly in the Buffing and Glazing shop. He was a keen football player and during his time there got to know just about every aspect of the factory, both at work and at play.

Steve Hartshorne

Steve, who now works on the Jubilee Campus where the factory once stood, worked at the Raleigh for twenty six years right up to its demise, starting in 1974, at the age of sixteen, in Assembly.

Dennis Hensby

Dennis (pictured here with Alan Oakley) worked at the Raleigh from 1962 -1984 mostly in a Sales Manager capacity. As part of his work he was connected to the setting up of the Tour de France racing team to promote the new T.I. Raleigh.

Rita Howard

Rita started in 1942, at the age of fourteen, in the Welfare Department during the war. She progressed to Gradual Payments, working on the comptometers, and stayed there until 1962.

Brian Hughes

Brian spent twenty five years at the factory, working in the Peddle and Bar shop. 

Gordon Jackson

Gordon’s parents moved into a house very, very close to the factory; with interesting results.

Celia Jones

Celia worked on the very first computers in Graduated Payments as a punch card operative.

Richard Kaczor

Richard worked at Raleigh for six years from 1976 in Market Research Control and was there for both the launch of the Grifter and the Vektar. 

Brian Leaper

Brian started at the factory in 1969 at the age of fifteen working in a number of departments and going on to play a key role in the Mountain Bike competition teams.

 

Stuart Lokes

Stuart joined Raleigh straight from school in 1951 as an office boy for the Accounts Department. From there he moved to the Moped Department and various other parts of the factory before being made redundant in the mid-eighties.

Dave Marsland

Dave, who still works for the company, started as a Technical Apprentice in 1973 before becoming part of Cycle Design and witnessing the increased move to imported components at the factory. 

Kenneth Marsland

Kenneth worked in the Toolshop and later developing the plastic moulding technologies that the company introduced.

Maurice Mason

Maurice worked as an Installation Electrician, wiring up machines as they were moved from place to place during alterations and new builds.

Len Mayes

Len worked as a Delivery Driver from 1960; just in time for the Chopper craze which was to lead to a daring heist on his vehicle.

Anthony Morley

Anthony joined the Raleigh in 1980 at the age of sixteen, leaving in 1984 and then returning in 1991 to see a much changed factory.

Ray and Phyl Morris

Ray and Phyl began working at the Raleigh during the war, as had many of their family. They met playing Table Tennis at the factory and Ray went on to travel across Europe and North America as a Sales Controller.

Mhairi Morriss

Mhairi joined in 1975, in the Design Department, and remembers many strong women working for the company.

 

Karen Oakley

Karen was married to one of Raleigh’s most well known employees who was a key part of the team that designed the Chopper.

John Page

John started work  in 1945 at the age of sixteen as an apprentice electrician and saw the post war restricting of the factory, as well as having first hand experience of Miramar, the company convalescent home at Sutton on Sea.

June Page

June worked in the Print Room in the late 70s, following her father who moved from Wolverhampton in 1924 to start a job in the Motorcycle Department.

Jean Ramsdale

Jean grew up with a highly successful bicycle racer as a father, Cliff Smith, friend of Reg Harris, and spent much of her childhood caught up in his exploits. 

Alan Reed

Alan has probably as colourful a journey around the Raleigh as anybody else that we've met, working in more departments than you might think possible - if you didn't know how things could be there, that is.

Paul Saxton

Paul worked as a Raleigh Robot - learning to deal with the assembly process. He became a keen football supporter, and has interesting views of a 'them and us' culture that he began to recognise during his time at Raleigh.

Anthony Severn

Anthony worked at Raleigh from 1953-1987 as a Fitter, and took full advantage of the various social activities that were on offer at the factory.

Jeffrey Sharp

Jeffrey worked in Process Development finding new and economical ways to make parts before moving Product Testing.

Dhian Singh

Better known as Danny, Dhian worked in the Computing Department from when a thing the size of a room had the power of just 1K.

Terry Sleaford

Terry worked in the labs, testing the various components that made up the bicycles and other products. Terry also enjoyed membership of the climbing club.

Val Stanley

Val was born and brought up in Radford, with her step mother working on munitions at the factory during the war.

Reg Tomlinson

 

Reg worked in the Wheel Shop from 1952 – 1967 and has fond memories of the comradeship that was felt and the practical jokes that were played.

Geoff Ward

Geoff joined Raleigh straight from college in 1972 as a Graphic Designer and lived through the rise and fall of the company through the years leading up to his own redundancy in 1986.

Keith Wells

Keith worked at the factory for eleven years from 1974 to 1985, starting as an apprentice and going on to see just about every machine and shop there was at the Raleigh, as well as meeting his wife there.

Brian Whitelocks

Brian began as an apprentice, first in the Tool Room and then in the Drawing Office. He remembers the opening of Factory No. 2, and indeed ferried the plans about as a lad, between the factory and the architects in town.

 

Joe Whydale

Joe was a Security Officer from the early seventies and saw just about every trick in the book, as well as having to deal with the Raleigh tramp. 

 

Steve Wigley

Steve still works for Raleigh as Distribution Manager up at Eastwood. As the distribution centres moved from place to place, so did Steve.

Margaret Wilkinson

Margaret’s husband John worked at the factory for forty six years in the Export Department. 

 

Brian Woodward

 

Brian started at the Raleigh in 1966 as a Wheel Builder and after becoming a Quality Inspector moved to the new depot in Eastwood as a Supervisor.