Fifty odd years ago I spent my summer whiling away my days at the local swimming pool or just messing around on the river. I had left school and did not know if I had got a job or not. I had been turned down by AERE Harwell and was waiting to see if I had gotten apprenticeship at Hyraulics Research Station. Sometime during the holidays I received a letter telling me I had been accepted so on the 26th of August 1968 I got on my bike and rode to work for the first time.
Which went through Wallingford and ended up going along this road which at the time was the main road to Oxford (now it's just access)
The following photos were taken at HR Wllingford as it is known now back in 2009 when I went to watch the start of the Thames run and show how the place looks now. It was here I met the other apprentice Trevor
And after going to personal then being taken through our induction and signing the official secrets act we ended being taken to this place the main Workshop
And this was where Trev and myself ended up. The Apprentice workshop where we would spend out first year learning our trade. The workshop was equipment with a lathe, milling machine, shaper and pillar drill along with a couple of benches and a small soldering hearth. By the time we left we knew how to use all the machines use a file and hacksaw correctly and had an idea how to solder. After finishing we were supposed to go into the main workshop and be placed with a craftsman. We stayed with him for six months before moving on to another. Problem was we were kept in the workshop a little longer that we expected and given jobs from the main workshop. This all stopped when my mate Trevor ended up being dragged into the lathe he was working on (no guards then) . By the time I hit the emergency stop he had pulled away leaving his cloths torn off my. I ran to get the first aid officer. Lucky he was ok apart from a a few scratches but we were soon moved in to the main workshop
The Back of the manor house built by William Setmour Blackstone
This building was part of the stable block and the apprentices had a youth club here.
The transport section was situated here in the old carriage buildings
now they are all converted to offices
Looks a very nice place to work
This was the car park though admittedly I parked outside the workshop. Over to the right were some tennis courts we used
Looking towards what was the transport section
This used to be the electronics building near the workshop where they made all the electronic equipment used in the place