Saturday, August 27, 2011

R J Fleming

Here's a bit of memorabilia. This R J Fleming badge has been kindly sent to me by Nicholas Platt.

Bob Fleming, who was a generation before me, established his business on Stony Stratford High Street, probably about 1930. In the 1950s and 60s this was the place to go if you wanted a motorbike or to get it serviced. I bought a BSA Bantam from him in the 1960s.

You can see the building on the right hand side of this photograph beside the second car. It is still there


What I find astonishing about this photo (probably taken in the early 1960s) is how few cars there are in the picture. This shot was taken before there was a bypass and when the A5 was a major arterial road. Some traffic would have been absorbed by the M1, but even so....

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

THE NAME OF MR FLEMING WAS RON--BEFORE HE OPENED THE SHOP HE WAS ENGINEER AT WAKEFIELD ESTATE AT NEARBY POTTERSPURY---THE BUSINESS WAS ALSO AGRICULTURAL--MANY TRACTORS AND IMPLEMENTS WERE SOLD FROM THE HIGH STREET--THE SALES OF VAUXHALL AND LAND ROVERS WAS ALSO UNDERTAKEN--DURING THE LATE 50S AND 60S HE MANUFACUTRED HIS OWN
HEDGECUTTERS AND DITCHERS -SENDING MANY TO HOLLAND--THE SITE IN THE HIGH STREET WAS COMPULSORY PURCHASED IN 1973 FOR THE NEW AREA OF MILTON KEYNES AND ALL CLOSED EXCEPT FOR THE MANUFACTURE WHICH MOVED TO ANOTHER SITE--I WORKED FOR HIM FROM 1963 UNTIL THE NAME FINISHED IN 1986--GEOFF DICKENS 18/1/13

Bryan Dunleavy said...

Thanks for the correction. Sometimes the old memory plays tricks. I think the last time I met the Flemings and it was at their house one winer in 1969.
Thank you also for the detail about the business.

Justme said...

My husband Reg Baseley also worked for Fleming's. Have some nice photos of him working one of the Flemings ditchers many years ago! Is there a webpage or facebook page where people can upload and give information about the less well known businesses around Stony Stratford (and potters of course) . Such great local first hand memories and pictures be a shame for them to disappear from their rightful place in history in the day of technical ability.

Justme said...

My husband has just told me he worked for Flemings from 1959 to 1963 when Geoff Dickens took over his job demonstrating Fleming's excellent ditchers and hedgecutters :) small world

Bryan Dunleavy said...

Thank you for your comments. There is a Facebook Group called "Our Stony Stratford" an another called "I Grew Up in Wolverton." Both groups wold welcome your contributions with great interest. I am not the administrator of either but if you have any difficulty joining please let me know.

Brad Murduck said...

Would anyone have a picture of any of the hedge cutters that Flemings made? A friend of mine has a hydraulically driven side mounted cutter bar type hedge trimmer which we believe may be a Fleming. Any help would be gratefully received.