H Neale and Co

Apprentice 'banging out' ceremony

Lent to us by Margaret Brock nee Costello

These are two photos, taken c1982, lent to us by Margaret Brock who worked for H Neale and Co the bookbinders that was situated on the Charfleets Industrial Estate. The company was a family business first incorporated in 1930 but after running into difficulties in the 90s it was eventually dissolved in 2002. The early family directors were William Neale b1915, Gladys b1911, Edward b1907, David b1943 and Peter b1946.

The photos show two apprentices that had 'done their time' during the 'banging out' ceremony.

As I understand it they were taken through the factory with all the staff banging on tables etc making quite a din. The staff used to mix buckets of everything they could find and once outside this was poured over them. 

Were you there? Are you in these photos? Did you work for the company? Please comment below.

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'H Neale and Co' page
Photo: Illustrative image for the 'H Neale and Co' page
This page was added by Janet Penn on 13/03/2017.
Comments about this page

I worked at NEALS in the mid50s, it was so cold in winter there were  ice hung from the beams , we used to wrap a blanket around our waist ,s and take hot water bottles, I wore fingerless gloves, no talking and music twice a day, you had to ask to go to the loo, miss BROWN was a little woman with small specs and a crisp white overall,he hair in a tight bun, one look and you shut up.

By Margaret
On 14/03/2017

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