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Author Topic: Mr Albert Batchelor 1869-1960 (Martin Earle Works / Tingey Works / Halling Works  (Read 4319 times)

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The Chatham, Rochester and Gillingham News 2nd April 1948

The news that Mr Albert (“Spot”) Batchelor has arrived in Southern Rhodesia to start a cement factory at the age of 78 will not surprise his many friends in the Medway Towns. Mr Batchelor, a native of Strood, has always been known to them as a man of amazing courage and enterprise, both in his business successes and in his private life. In fact the unexpected was always expected of him. He made the journey to Southern Rhodesia by air, and upon his arrival in Salisbury, where he is starting the factory, he told Pressmen, “I cannot do the things I want to do in England.”

Mr Batchelor is a son of the late Mr George Batchelor, who for many years was manager of the old Tingey Cement Works at Frindsbury and he was born with cement in his blood. He followed his father into the cement industry and in his early days was manager of the Martin Earle works at Wickham, a factory which later passed into the hands of the combine. His business genius first became recognised when he founded a cement works at New Brighton, Cheshire. Later Mr Batchelor established a cement works nearer home at Halling, and introduced the now indispensable rotary kilns. This factory has passed on to the A.P.C.M.

He married Miss Hunt, a local lady and the daughter of Mr Edwin Hunt, of Strood, and built “The Limes”, in Goddington Road, Strood where he resided for quite a time.

Interested always in new innovations with a future, Mr Batchelor was a founder member of the Royal Aero Club and believed in flying as a means of saving time in business trips. He had, in fact, flown round the world. Another interest of his was the restoration of old buildings, as evidenced in the work which he had carried out at Sandgate Castle. Of later years Mr Batchelor had lived at the original Bleak House of Dickens’ novel at Broadstairs and it was here that his wife died. In his latest trip to a new continent, to start a business concern at the age of 78, Mr Batchelor has surely set an example to the younger generation.   


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