Roy writes:

We have a relation, Brian Lambert, over from Australia.

Could someone help please if anyone has any memories or photos of a company called R J Hunt, a foundry which was situated by the bridge close to the Breedon Cross pub.

Any help would be gratefully received, thank you.

Any information please leave a comment below or email us and we’ll pass it on.

8 Responses to “RJ Hunt”

  • Paul King:

    My father Talford King sometimes known as Tom King worked at Hunts, I can remember him showing me around as a small boy, it was to a boys eyes very dark and hot,with what looked like lots of flames coming out of the floor.
    I remember my dad telling me that one day some men were pouring molten metal and some splashed up and went down the boot of one of then, with the shock the man just ran around the factory on a stump that was once his foot and the men had to knock him out to stop him, there was another man who lost his arm in an accident.

  • Val Lovett:

    I was at Cotteridge Infant & Junior School from 1948 to 1953 before moving onto the Senior school. I do remember a Martin Hunt who was a son, I think, of the RJ Hunt family. Most of the boys went onto Stirchley Boys School at 11 years old.

  • Tony Cox:

    I have a 1935 three-wheeler made by a short-lived company JMB Motors of Ringwood in Hampshire, and I am currently rebuilding the brakes. The cast iron drums are marked “R.J. Hunt” on the inside.

  • Alan Hunt:

    I remember it being there as I grew up in kings norton. My dad told me plenty about it as he knew it well. His father worked there until his death in the early 50’s. His name was Albert Hunt and in fact Albert was RJ’s grandson. I was born in 59 and as a child it still bore the RJ Hunt name even though it had been acquired by Brockhouse in 1937. That was the year RJ died in fact. I am not too sure when RJ opens the foundry, but he worked there until he died in his 80s according to his daughter he lived in a flat on the side of our home as I was growing up. I see someone mentions a Martin Hunt in one of the comments but RJ had 19 children so there may well have been a descendant called Martin, but I had not heard of him before. In my fathers (Robert Leslie) belongings when he passed away a few years ago were plenty of old photos of RJ although not of the foundry. Also his pocket watch and death certificate. Maybe even his birth certificate from about 1852. The reason I was looking for material about RJ Hunt and Sons and saw this is my son will be 21 his weekend and we are giving him RJ’s silver pocket watch. His great great great grandfathers watch. Whoever started this thread, I would be keen to know what your memories and connections are to the foundry. Alan Hunt

  • Tina T.:

    My dad was Forman thee for many years. I used to go with him some Sunday mornings, where workers would give me a shilling. Dad was well liked. He passed away when I was 19. The funeral drove past Hunts and workers lined up outside. …Bye to Frank Tamagni

  • Sharlene Byron:

    Hi I use to work at R J Hunt. I am now 55 years old. I remember it to be a very family orientated company. My dad was Mr Joel Byron and worked there for many years. Sadly he has now passed away. My dad got me a job there. I can remember the very strong smell of metal. I enjoyed working there – I used to do the casting, putting sand I think in moulds. I distinctly remember a conveyor belt and one day one of the workers bought in a ferret which slipped out of his leg onto the conveyor belt – how we laughed as I was so scared…
    I have fond memories of that place we were one big family. Memories, who would trade them, eh.

  • Mrs Julie C Eley:

    For about 18 months I worked in the offices of R.J. Hunt as an invoice typist. That would be 1959. I don’t think I ever went down to the foundry. The other office workers were all very nice and I enjoyed my time there and have happy memories. 1960 I left to start nursing training at Dudley Road Hospital.

    My name was Miss Julie Christine Cox, changed on marriage to Julie Eley

  • Mr J.P. Checkley:

    My grandfather, Gerald Checkley (1927 – 2018), worked in the R.J. Hunt foundry for many years (I think he told me almost 30 years until he retired). Unfortunately he developed emphysema as soon as he retired, almost certainly caused by inhaling the toxic fumes for all those years. I wonder how many others were affected, as this illness ruined my grandfather’s quality of life for his entire retirement; he ended up needing years of specialist treatment at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital. Sorry this is not a memory of the foundry itself as such, as you were asking for, but it could be that your own relative was affected in the same way or maybe knew my grandfather.

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