Whitecroft nr Lydney, The Bay.
A lovely old postcard of The Bay at Whitecroft, looking from Park Hill. Whitecroft Mill is the building on the far right and opposite it is the millpond fed from the river Lyd by a leat. Note the high wall at the side of the road.
The following is an account of Whitecroft written by J Bond, taken from the 1963 Bream School Magazine :
The Village of Whitecroft
"Whitecroft is a village near Lydney with a population of about 500. The shopping facilities consist of a co-op., post office, butchers, general stores, confectioners, fish and chip shop and two garages. The place of worship is a Methodist Chapel. Whitecroft has long been known for its Pin Factory which employs about 250 people. At one time only pins were made there, but nowadays they make a wide variety of things besides pins. These include paper clips, hair clips, parts for wireless and T.V. sets, and in the tool room they do work for outside firms such as Berkeley Nuclear Power Station. They have a huge export trade to all parts of the world, except Russia.
Work is also in progress for a new factory that will be mainly responsible for the making of leather upholstery. One of the first automatic telephone exchanges was built at Whitecroft and it stands alongside the Memorial Hall and Social Service Centre. There are no schools in Whitecroft, children have to travel either to Pillowell, Bream or Lydney.
Whitecroft is proud of the football teams. They have two, the first and second. They also have a fine sports field which is considered one of the best in Gloucestershire. Perhaps I should mention the railway station, although today it is used only for goods and coal."
J Bond 3A.
A black and white version of the same postcard photographed and published by Tilley and Son, Ledbury from c.1910.
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