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Re: Alfred Reader Cricket Ball Factory - Teston
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2015, 08:44:54 »
   August 19th 1953.
 For the first time since winning the notorious "bodyline tour" of 1932/33, England regained the Ashes - using cricket balls made by Alfred Reader. After four drawn matches, England won the 5th test by 8 wickets with Compton making the winning hit.
 The 22 craftsmen who work for Readers at the Invicta works were delighted with the victory. After economic difficulties the cricket ball craft is flourishing again.

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Re: Alfred Reader Cricket Ball Factory - Teston
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2015, 11:47:33 »
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Re: Alfred Reader Cricket Ball Factory - Teston
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2014, 21:29:25 »
Two British Pathé films showing cricket balls being made in Kent.
Not at Readers but they do show how cricket balls were made.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=llju9OpIk3o 1939.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=ATdP82zEW8U 1956.
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Re: Alfred Reader Cricket Ball Factory - Teston
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2014, 08:28:58 »
Thanks cliveh, I would have thought kookaburra balls were made in Australia :)

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Re: Alfred Reader Cricket Ball Factory - Teston
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2014, 18:59:47 »
They now share the facilities of their parent company - Kookaburra Cricket Balls who I believe are based in Corby, Northants.

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Re: Alfred Reader Cricket Ball Factory - Teston
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2014, 17:26:23 »
I have passed this many times in the past, the last being 3 weeks ago showing it to my granddaughters boyfriend. I did not realise it is now private residences. cliveh, are you saying the union folded in 2006 and the factory finished at the same time or has it moved elsewhere ?

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Re: Alfred Reader Cricket Ball Factory - Teston
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2014, 16:15:51 »
I have a feeling that this factory was featured in a local tv series (Out of Town?) at some point as they were still making the balls the old fashioned way in the 1970's.

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Alfred Reader Cricket Ball Factory - Teston
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2014, 16:13:15 »
In the middle of the nineteenth century, Thomas Martin began making cricket balls in a workshop above the post office in Teston. When he retired the business was taken over by Alfred Reader who expanded the business. The factory seen here on the Malling Road was built in 1927. The workers at the Reader factory formed their own trade union - The Teston Independent Society of Cricket Ball Makers, to represent their interests, it was the smallest trade union in the country and was only de-listed in March 2006. The factory has now been converted into private residential apartments.

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