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My brother and I were born on Eccles Caravan site

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: June 15, 2014

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I HAVE been sent an article from friends in the Midlands in the Black Country Bugle (May 22 edition) about an Eccles Caravan.

I certainly can't help with information about that particular caravan, but the article asked if anyone knew of anyone who worked at the Eccles factory and the answer to that is yes, I do.

My father went to work at the Stirchley factory in 1931 and within 12 months was foreman carpenter and also caretaker of the factory and so lived in the house on the factory grounds.

Both my brother and myself were born at home, meaning that we were born at the Eccles factory and we lived there until my father died in September 1960 and so we moved out in March 1961, a few months before the business was sold.

I have an Eccles Jubilee book from 1947 which has a photo of a similar but slightly larger van to the one in The Bugle and I am still in contact with Mary Riley, granddaughter and daughter of the founders.

We now have a 1956 Eccles caravan which we tow with a 1953 Austin A70 Hereford, built about four miles away from the Eccles factory.

I don't know what I could tell the owners, but I am quite willing for them to contact me if they thing that I could be of any help.

I do have photos taken at the factory, but obviously a little later than when their van was built.

Hope this helps. Kind regards.

Mary Groves,

Grace Cottage,

Sun Rise Road,

Bream,

Gloucestershire,

GL15 6HZ.

groves717@btinternet.com

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