I have 2 ex GWR crossing lamps from Long Lane, Craven Arms. Both lamps have S Griffith as the foundry markings. A while back I posted a thread (it might have been on the old email system) and it was identified that the founder was a Samuel Griffith, engineer and iron founder. He first appears in trade directories in 1878, with a foundry on Caversham Road, just north of the GWR’s signal works. By 1915 he is listed in Kelly’s as iron foundry and engineering works at 57, Vastern Road. The last entry I can find for him is in the Kelly’s Trade Directory of 1919 at that address.
I have found 2 interesting photographs on the Reading Borough Libraries web site. The first is described as “Aerial view over the west end of Reading town centre, looking north, in 1949. The railway runs across the top of the picture, with the River Thames and Reading Bridge top right. The new buildings of the British Railways (Western Region) signal works on Caversham Road are prominent to the left. The large roofs and yard of Vincent's garage with Station Hill, artificially raised up on concrete pillars, appear in front of the General Station. Parts of Oxford Road, Broad Street, Friar Street, Cheapside, and St. Mary's Butts can be seen. 1940-1949.http://readingimages.epixtech.co.uk/loc/1405985.pdf
There is another photograph described “Aerial view over the west end of Reading town centre, looking north, in 1949. The railway runs across the top of the picture, with the General and Southern Stations visible. Beyond, the Western Region signal works, railway sidings and buildings along Vastern Road can be seen, including the power station, backing onto the River Thames. Station Hill, supported on concrete pillars, is visible, with Vincent's garage in front of it. In the foreground are Cheapside, Oxford Road, West Street, Broad Street, Friar Street, and Greyfriars Road. 1940-1949.” http://readingimages.epixtech.co.uk/loc/1405986.pdf
I was wondering if anyone with a historical knowledge of Reading could identify the buildings that might have formed a part of Samuel Griffith’s railway foundry and engineering works. It might be that by 1949 they had changed beyond recognition from when Mr Griffith occupied them. I think they were just south of the power station.
Also I was wondering what the new buildings that formed a part of the by then BR WR signal and telegraph works were used for and when they were built.
Any information would be most gratefully appreciated?