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Marriott's - staff notes and events
Most of the photographs were exhibited in the Marriott’s exhibition
at Rushden Heritage Centre from October to December 2001.

Rushden Echo, 20th December 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

Rushden's Casualty List - Victims of The War
Lance-Corpl. A. Bird, R.E., of 136, Midland-road, Wellingborough, has been killed in action in France.  At the time of joining the Colours he was in the employ of Mr. R. Marriott, builder, Rushden.


Rushden Echo, 15th July 1927, transcribed by Kay Collins

Builders’ Outing—A party of 60 members and employees of Mr R Marriott, builder and contractor (including the two principals, Mr R Marriott and Mr R A Marriott) had a day’s outing on Saturday, touring in three counties. Two of the United Counties saloon omnibuses were engaged. A run was made to Stamford, where a short stop was made, and at Grantham the company were entertained by the principals to an excellent lunch. Proceeding further, visits were paid to Loughborough, Melton Mowbray, and Leicester. Fair weather favoured the venture, and a capital day was spent.


3 of the cups
Works Knock Out Cricket Cup
The Cups for 1933, 1935 & 1936 all won by R A Marriott

1936 cricket team
Evening Telegraph 1988 - A winning combination 1936

FOR this evening's Memory Lane we go back 52 years to the summer of 1936 which obviously proved something of a winner for one Rushden cricket team.

The team was that of building firm Marriotts.

Obviously the Marriott family took its cricket seriously. That is founder Robert Marriott standing on the left with his stick, and son Major Alan Marriott is seated third from the left in front row behind the main cup.

Others in the picture include, back row: Harold Cook, Bill Cade, Bunny Brown, Jim Taylor, Alan Bryant, Jack Hindmarsh, George Roper
front row: Matt Roper, Fred Purser, Bert Ingram, Bert Inwood and Sid Miles.

The business Robert Marriott founded is still flourishing today as
Kier Marriott, part of the Beazer group.

The picture was brought in by Mrs Rosemary Hallworth of Newton Road.


Down the yard c1956
“Down The Yard”
Outside the joinery workshops c1956

Back: Alan Kirkman, Tommy Odell (wood machinist), Reg Smith

Front: Tony Stringer, Brian Holmes,
Bob Dickens

Mid background is yardman Herbie Carter

Photo by Bert Curzon


1968
Opening of the Plant Department 1968

Mr E. A. Brook, Mr Harry Howarth M.P., Colonel Marriott
and Bramble.


Royal Presentation for Marriotts - In the 1969 Concrete Society Awards a special Certificate of Commendation was presented to Robert Marriott Ltd, as general contractors for the £1-million new County Offices for the Buckinghamshire County Council at Aylesbury, designed by the County Architect and Planning Officer, Mr. F. B. Pooley, CBE, FRIBA, FRICS. The actual concrete work was by main sub-contractors, Messrs. Concrete (Southern) Ltd.

Colonel J.R. Marriott, executive chairman of Robert Marriott Ltd. receiving the Certificate from H.R.H. Prince Philip in London.

awards 1983
NHBC “Pride in the Job” Awards 1983

l-r: Ian Alan, Brian Albin, Phil Healey, Leon Horner, Mr G A Norman,
Dick Burrell and Trevor Hodgkin.


Jim with his watch
Evening Telegraph, 12th May 1986, transcribed by Kay Collins

Long service
Jim Broderick, a plumbing foreman with Robert Marriott, the Rushden based building contractors, has been presented with a gold watch to mark 25 years' service with the company.

The presentation was made by Tony Norman, company managing director.

Mr Broderick joined Marriotts as an apprentice plumber in 1961 and it was one of his first contracts for the company, working at Reading's Borough Court Hospital, that he met his wife, a nurse. The Brodericks, who live at Whitefriars, Rushden, have two sons.

Mr Broderick (foreground) shows his watch to colleagues, from left to right: Roger North (personnel manager), Tony Norman (managing director),
Geoff Harvey (special projects division manager),
Mike Preston (surveying director), Maurice Tyler (buyer), and Maurice Croft (contracts director).

Major Honour for Referee Brian - Referee Brian Hill, a wages and cost accountant with Kier Marriott has received the greatest honour in the national game. He has recently been appointed to take charge of this year's FA Cup Final between Liverpool and Wimbledon at Wembley Stadium.

Brian, from Barton Seagrave is currently in his twenty-fifth year with Kier Marriott, he has made rapid progress in refereeing circles and is widely considered as one of the top six officials in the English game.

A FIFA official Brian, who will be a linesman at this summer's European Championship Finals in West Germany, made his Wembley debut in charge of an England versus Scotland Schoolboy match in 1977, and refereed the FA Challenge Trophy-Final five years ago. More recently, he appeared at the Mercantile Credit Festival at the Stadium in April, refereeing the final between Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday. - David Coleman

Brian Hill - Referee
Brian Hill - Referee

 Ladies’ Day with Robert Marriott Ltd
An outstanding example of good industrial relations in the building industry today is that which exists between the management and staff of Robert Marriott Ltd., the well-known Midland contractors. This fact is illustrated here by Colonel J. R. Marriott, the managing director of the Company, showing the wives of some of his men around the kitchens of a new office block in Leicester. In this way the ladies take and interest and pride in their husbands' work, as indeed they have a right to, for Marriotts have achieved a remarkable reputation for good quality high-speed building. This particular project, a £115,000 new office block for B.B. Chemicals Ltd. was completed in precisely one year to the day in accordance with the time clause in the contract - a clause no other contractor was prepared to accept.
ladies inspect the kitchens


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