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2002 photo: number 81Photo provided by Janet McNamara, local heritage guide. In August 2012 Stephen Privett shared his memories of working at Wilson and Kyle.
In the 1909/10 Valuation records this was described as a 'semi detached in 2 floors brick built and slated' with a frontage to the High Street of 33' 9".
Janet describes no. 81 in 2002: Empty but had been part of the Wilson and Kyle Marine Engineers whose whole complex has been empty for several years. (Paul Kyle says no. 81 was haunted). All due for redevelopment. Buildings back on to Town and Jupps Wharves on a Brent backwater. The main entrance gates are opposite Half Acre.
Wilson And Kyle - memories of Stephen PrivettI worked for Wilson and Kyle for about 4 years my Dad also worked there and also my Nan`s brother.
Wilson and Kyle were an engineering company dealing in Marine Diesel Fuel Injection`s. I worked in the packing dept and helped out in other departments when needed.
The Manager`s name was Mr Rudd. His son who later took over as manager David Rudd.
Along with our wages we got LV luncheon Vouchers. One perticular chap I remember used to save he`s LV and at Christmas time he would take he`s wife out to dinner and then pay using he`s LV.
A few name`s I remember from working there. Ron Gould, Tommy Hunt, George Wourby and Arthur Osborne.
Published April 2006; updated October 2012