Industry => Factories & Mills => Topic started by: Chris on January 19, 2013, 13:20:58

Title: Jubilee Clips
Post by: Chris on January 19, 2013, 13:20:58
Jubilee has been manufacturing Hose Clips in Gillingham for over 90 years and they are still going strong. Here is a brochure that was produced in the 70's when they celebrated their 50th aniversary. Their website has a history of the company and some more images of old add's.
Title: Re: Jubilee Clips
Post by: JohnWalker on January 19, 2013, 15:10:55
Welcome to the forum Chris.

Well - I've been using Jubilee Clips for most of my life and I never realised they were made in Gillingham.

Although there are other makes of similar clips we still call them all Jubilee Clips.

JW
Title: Re: Jubilee Clips
Post by: Chris on January 19, 2013, 16:34:25
Hi JohnWalker
Always insist on Jubilee!
A few years ago all the various Jubilee Clips factories moved into one larger factory in Owens Way near the river in Gillingham.
Title: Re: Jubilee Clips
Post by: Rochester-bred on January 19, 2013, 16:57:41
I am sure the building as you came up Star Hill Rochester and turned onto the New road used to make these clips to at one point.
Title: Re: Jubilee Clips
Post by: peterchall on January 19, 2013, 18:04:53
It was Rootes Garage.
Title: Re: Jubilee Clips
Post by: Rochester-bred on January 19, 2013, 21:24:53
Peterchall Rootes the garage was near where I lived on the corner of Furrels Road and Rochester High Street going towards Chatham, I'm sure my auntie worked making the clips at the place at the top of Star Hill next to the Good Companions Club place which now is some kind of college, I think just opposite Jackson Field.
Title: Re: Jubilee Clips
Post by: peterchall on January 19, 2013, 22:02:37
The premises in the High Street was Rootes' showroom. Their workshops and parts department was through an arch immediately round the corner from Star Hill onto New Road. The offices were on the first floor, and it was one of the garages I went to when I was looking for work in the motor trade in 1944-45. When I finally got an apprenticeship at Car & Electrical on Chatham-Maidstone Road it was where we went to get spares for Rootes Group cars; having got the spares it was a question of then driving out onto New Road right on the corner. The building and archway is still there, but I am referrinig to the years 1945- 1950's and perhaps 1960's. I don't know what the place was used for after Rootes moved out.
Title: Re: Jubilee Clips
Post by: sparky230 on January 20, 2013, 01:12:41
One of my dad`s first jobs when we moved to Kent in the 70's was setting up the first of the automatic feeder presses at the Gillingham site on Rainham Rd, the Jezreels Tower site.
Title: Re: Jubilee Clips
Post by: jaj on January 20, 2013, 02:37:33
Here is a brochure that was produced in the 70's when they celebrated their 50th aniversary. Their website has a history of the company and some more images of old add's.

Thanks for posting the above brochure Chris.  One of the photographs features my mother.

jaj
Title: Re: Jubilee Clips
Post by: peterchall on January 20, 2013, 08:39:56
The General Manager of Wallis Motors, at the bottom of Marlborough Road, Gillingham, in the late 1960’s to late 1970’s was Cyril Colville, who was related to the Lumley-Robinsons by marriage, I believe as a son-in-law.

Cyril was instrumental in organising an annual motor trade apprentices’ competition at Medway College and in drumming up local support for the prize fund, so I’d be surprised if Jubilee Clips wasn’t among the contributors.
Title: Re: Jubilee Clips
Post by: smiler on January 20, 2013, 10:40:37
There was also the other clip which was not solid like the jubilee but 2 wires with the screw but think they were called Terry clips, certainly didn't compare to the Jubilee.
Title: Re: Jubilee Clips
Post by: Rochester-bred on January 20, 2013, 11:21:37
peterchall, I didn`t know that, thankyou! I only knew the Rootes showroom till I moved further up in Rochester in 1971 and my auntie worked at the other place at Star Hill a lot later. I think around late 70s maybe early 80s I must find out what it was called then.
Title: Re: Jubilee Clips
Post by: peterchall on January 20, 2013, 12:11:00
So we are probably both right, Rochester-bred. I think by the 70's Rootes found it an impossible situation to keep the New Road premises going on that corner with the increasing traffic. If I remember rightly they finished up with a workshop behind the showroom in the High Street, opening onto Furrel's Road.
Title: Re: Jubilee Clips
Post by: Lyn L on January 20, 2013, 12:17:58
I can only remember the Jezreels Tower works and (I think?) one down Canterbury St. opposite Byron Road School.
Title: Re: Jubilee Clips
Post by: Chris on January 20, 2013, 13:00:33
L. Robinson (Gillingham) Ltd., who own Jubilee Clips, had their main office and warehouse at the top of Mill Road in Gillingham, there were production units at 302 Canterbury street, Matilda Close in Gillingham Business Park and the Jezreels Tower Works on the A2 in Gillingham. The Jezreels Tower works also housed an Electro Plating Plant. L. Robinson's purchased the Overton's Factory in Owens Way in Gillingham and all the various parts of the company, with the exception of the Electro Plating Plant, moved in, in 2007.
The Hose clip manufacturers at the top of Star Hill in Rochester was Invicta Hose Clips which went out of business in the late 70's. There was also a Hose Clip manufacturer in Aylesford, I think that they were called Westcourt Engineering.

Title: Re: Jubilee Clips
Post by: Rochester-bred on January 20, 2013, 13:32:19
Thank you Chris, I knew it was some kind of clips they did there (Invicta Hose Clips) I just wasn`t sure of the details.
Title: Re: Jubilee Clips
Post by: Chris on January 20, 2013, 13:44:15
Hi RB
The guy who used to run Invicta hose clips, the late Jim Thomas, went on to be the General Manager at Jubilee.
Title: Re: Jubilee Clips
Post by: oobydooby on December 02, 2013, 13:46:03
Before I managed to find work at Berry Ede and Whites at Rochester I applied for a job at Jubilee Clips in Mill Road, and was told I was not strong enough to lift the rolls of steel and load them onto the cutting machines.  This was shortly after leaving school and I weighed eight and a half stone.  Shame really as I lived at the time in Trinity Road, a five minute walk away.
Title: Re: Jubilee Clips
Post by: afsrochester on December 03, 2013, 17:22:57
Drove passed it this morning, some of the trees have been felled and there is a sold notice on the building. My guess is for housing.
Title: Re: Jubilee Clips
Post by: CDP on December 03, 2013, 17:53:15


Re thread #9 in Jez's Tower
               As an apprentice we had a lesson re the Jubilee Clips, that they were used by the Japanese Navy and the idea was "borrowed" by an English naval officer who then patented it in England (the Japanese patent was not recognised in England in those days) and so made his fortune.
We were then told about the discovery of everyday items that have made a fortune e.g. boot laces, etc., etc., and things that have been recently discovered. This was to make us think more !!!






 
http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=3789.msg131584#msg131584
Title: Re: Jubilee Clips
Post by: peterlh on December 22, 2013, 07:17:25
My grandfather used to stoke the boilers at the Mill Road site and I used to go and meet him on the corner of Marlborough Road in the 1950's. He lived at no 5 Marlborough Road, right opposite the A.T.C. headquarters.
I remember a pub on the corner, a garage next door and then a sweet shop.
Title: Re: Jubilee Clips
Post by: emmjaybee on September 05, 2014, 14:00:18
I actually worked at the factory that was located at the Jezreels Tower on Watling Street.
Title: Re: Jubilee Clips
Post by: Chris on September 05, 2014, 14:12:18
Hi Emmajaybee
Were you there when Jane Poole was the supervisor?
Title: Re: Jubilee Clips
Post by: emmjaybee on September 08, 2014, 09:20:07
When I worked there we had a bloke called Derek in charge and we did the plating of the clips, a very dirty job. We put all the clips on the jigs, they went through a dipping process then we took them off and they were dried and stacked. I don't remember many people. A few of the guys were Noel, Paul and Jason.
Title: Re: Jubilee Clips
Post by: helcion on September 08, 2014, 18:10:51
How did we ever manage without     -

1.   Jubilee Clips

2.   Duct Tape

3.   Cable Ties

4.   Denso Tape

5.   [if you're agricultural]  Bailer Twine     

?
Title: Re: Jubilee Clips
Post by: filmer01 on September 08, 2014, 18:39:55
How did we ever manage without     -

1.   Jubilee Clips

2.   Duct Tape

3.   Cable Ties

4.   Denso Tape

5.   [if you're agricultural]  Bailer Twine     

?

Not forgetting mastic and all other forms of squirty stuff  :) :)