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Thorn Electrical Industries Ltd.

Merthyr Tydfil.

Thorn Electrical Industries - 1993

(Photograph Courtesy of Mervyn Davies)

Thorn Electrical Industries - Factory Site - Prior to Construction.

Building the Factory - 1947

Thorn Electrical Industries - 1960s

Thorn Electrical Industries

The Thorn factory decorated for the Coronation in 1953

Thorn Electrical Industries - Factory Floor

Thorn Electrical Industries - 1960s

Thorn Electrical Industries


Thorn - Staff at Children's Christmas Party - 1960's

Third from left, in the front row, is Netta Lewis, the factory nurse.

(Photograph Courtesy of June Quinlan)


Thorn Lighting Trip to Worcester Races - Late 1960's

(Photograph courtesy of David Chennells)


Thorn Electrical Industries - Staff

Recognised are: Howard Butler, Lettie Thomas & Jimmy Little.

(Photograph Courtesy of Byrion Williams & Information Courtesy of John Barry)


Thorn R.F.C. - Annual Game for a Local Charity

(Photograph Courtesy of Dave Edwards)


Howard Williams - Foreman - 1991-92 - Just before to Closure.

(Photograph Courtesy of Iestyn - Celtic Pride)


Lamp making department 1986.

Celebrating the completion of an Asda contract, Denis Keating Back row extreme right.

(Photograph courtesy of Denis Keating)


Thorn Electrical Industries - Spooling Section

Back Row L-R:- Rowland Thomas, Angela ?, Ann ?, G. Iles

Front RowL-R:- Barbera Hussey, Susan Davies, Christine ?,  Theresa Park.

(Photograph Courtesy of John Berry, Names courtesy of Barbara Hussey)


Barbara Hussey in the Tungsten - Halogen Spooling Dept.

(Photograph Courtesy of Barbara Hussey)


Thorn Electrical Industries - Goat Mill Road Filament Factory - Early 1980s

(Photograph Courtesy of John Berry)

Last Day - At Thorn Electrical Industries


Dennis Keating's photographs of the last day at Thorn's

September 1992

(Click on any photograph to enlarge)



Staff having a last day drink in the canteen




    Neil Robinson - last day drink in canteen.






Peter Gill - Fitter in the fitters department - last day.   Peter and Eddie - last day having a goodbye drink.


Dennis Keating with his father Bill, a former foreman at Thorns. Bill had just retired and came back to see Thorns for the last time.  You can see "A Line" in the background including Gerald Jones.  "A Line" was the last lamp making machine to run at Thorns before closure.

    Girl inspecting lamps as they come off "A Line" - last day.


    Gary - electrical foreman/supervisor.



Gerald Jones was a Machine Setter on "A line" Automount - that's the machine he is standing next to.


Dennis Keating, Line Foreman.

Started at Thorn in 1973.


Bill Keating outside Thorns a few months after it closed.  You can see in the background they are knocking it down.  


Thorn factory being demolished, early 1993.

(Photograph courtesy of Denis Keating)


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