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Westwood Works 1903-2003

BPHS Publications

Soon after starting to construct these Websites, it became apparent that lack of access to the Internet meant that a significant proportion of its target audience of ex-employees was unable to benefit from BPHS's work. The decision was taken to enter the book publication business in an attempt to reach these ex-colleagues and, perhaps, enable the information to be accessible to an even wider audience.

It must be emphasised that these books are not simple downloads from the Websites. The opportunity has been taken to bring together as much relevant information (and particularly photographs) as possible to provide a more comprehensive and coherent coverage of each subject than exists at present on the Websites.

We have been fortunate that there has been no shortage of 'authors' to compile these books and it is pleasing that the interest shown in this venture means the books have been generally self-financing. BPHS is also grateful that a Lottery Fund Grant has facilitated the production of even more books.

Plans exist to produce other titles in the near future as energy and funds permit.

Titles available so far:

"A History of the CPO" compiled by Jim Farrow - A5, 115pp.

Fully illustrated. A description of the development of one of the most important departments in the business, A fascinating insight into how production was controlled in a leading engineering company.


"A Hundred Years of Baker Perkins at Westwood Works" compiled by Rita Mckenzie - A4, 64pp.

A personal history of life in the Westwood factory in over 125 pictures.

PRICE - £8.00

"Memories of the Baker Perkins Sports and Social Club" by Jim Farrow - A4, 280pp.

A fully illustrated history of a fondly remembered institution from its inception in 1910 to its closure in 1991. Illustrated with hundreds of photographs of the many football, cricket, rugby and bowls teams and the rest of the 26 sections that made up the Sports and Social Club.

PRICE - £10.00

"Baker Perkins - Not Just a Place to Work" compiled by Margaret Preston - A5, 160pp.

A compilation of memories of life at Westwood Works from a wide cross-section of ex-employees. A fully illustrated record of the human side of a successful company.

PRICE - £8.00

"Growing Our Own Wood - The Development of the Baker Perkins Apprenticeship Scheme" - A4, 178pp.

The story of a ground-breaking development, one which not only underpinned the post-war success of a major engineering company but which also provided trained engineers to the world at large. It set a level of excellence that was recognised both nationally and internationally.

PRICE - £10.00

"Through The Years: Baker Perkins People and Places" compiled by Rita McKenzie and Gabrielle Abbott - A4, 49pp.

Along the lines of Rita McKenzie’s earlier “A Hundred Years of Baker Perkins at Westwood Works”, this is a collection of over 90 pictures showing more of the Baker Perkins people at Peterborough, at work and at play, from the 1900s to the 2010s.

PRICE - £5.00

Can be collected from Dick Preston at 41 Elmore Road, Peterborough, PE3 9PS, or can be ordered by post from the same address. Please make out cheques to "Baker Perkins Historical Society".

Also available from the Visitors Centre, Bridge Street, Peterborough, and from Peterborough Museum.



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