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W W Chamberlain
of Higham Ferrers

On this lorry – W W Chamberlain & Sons Ltd
Higham Ferrers, Leicester & Norwich

W W Chambelain coach
On the side of this coach above the windows: Belgium, Holland, Switzerland,
W. Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden.

The Rushden Echo, 14th December 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

A Serious Accident occurred on Wednesday at Mr W W Chamberlain’s factory to Mr W Chamberlain, jun., the proprietor’s eldest son. Whilst working a new breasting machine, he had the misfortune to get his little finger of the left hand caught in the machinery, with the result that the digit was torn off to the first joint. Since then an operation has been performed by Drs. Greenfield and Burland, and the remainder of the finger has been removed to the socket. Mr Chamberlain is now progressing favourably.

1917 advert
1917 Advert from Shoe & Leather News

The Rushden Argus November 11th 1921, transcribed by Susan Manton

Higham’s Head
Election of Mr. W.W. Chamberlain as the New Mayor

Mr W W Chamberlain
Mr W W Chamberlain
Mr. W.W. Chamberlain, who on Wednesday was appointed to succeed Ald. T. Patenall as Mayor of Higham Ferrers, resides at “The Cottage” and has a prosperous business, with factories at Higham Ferrers and Rushden.

Several years ago he took up residence at Higham Ferrers, where his business ability and sound knowledge of the staple trade led to his heel and stiffener business becoming one of the best known of its kind in the district. These qualities, added to a charm of personality and pronounced generosity, made his path in public life very smooth, and his services on numerous committees were valued as they deserved to be.

Two years ago at a Town Council election he was returned at the head of the poll – sure proof of his popularity with the townspeople. It is unusual for a Councillor of only two years’ standing to be offered the premier office, but Mr. Chamberlain holds the respect of the Council, and is one of the few members who can afford to take up a position which involves many calls upon time and purse.

Courtesy of the late Colin Bryant's Collection
Chamberlain's Firemen

Notes taken from a picture mount or calendar mount - undated


Plastics factory old Walker & Gunn factory
The old Walker & Gunn factory - Chamerlain Plastics

Rushden Echo, 30th June 1967, transcribed by Kay Collins

Higham firm's record profits
THE Higham Ferrers-based firm of W. W. Chamberlain (Associated Companies) Ltd., manufacturers of shoe components, leather board and plastic laminates, have for the fourth successive year made a record group profit of £259,617.

In his report to the annual meeting the chairman and joint managing director, Mr. W. R. F. Chamberlain says that this result was achieved in spite of serious economic action by the Government.

"Against this background, I consider the year’s results satisfactory," he reports.

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