The History of Corgi Factories
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The History of Corgi Factories 4 years, 5 months ago #1

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So, although, there is a lot of information on the net, it is not clear to me where the Corgi factory was. As far as I can read, there was one for the early Mettoy, which came before Corgi. Then, when Corgi Toys appeared, a factory was set up near Swansea in South Wales.
Last Edit: 4 years, 5 months ago by Keesie.

Re: The History of Corgi Factories 4 years, 5 months ago #2

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Ok, a quick search gave this information:


Ullman and Katz, boh Jewish, came from Germany to the UK in 1934. They were situated in Northampton first, on Stimson avenue, later moved to Harleston road.


After WW2, in 1948, they started building in Fforestfach, an area a little north from Swansea. So, where exactly in Fforestfach was this?
Last Edit: 4 years, 5 months ago by Keesie.

Re: The History of Corgi Factories 4 years, 5 months ago #3

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Last Edit: 4 years, 5 months ago by karls.

Re: The History of Corgi Factories 4 years, 5 months ago #4

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Thanks Karls, I also found those sites. It would be nice, like with the Dinky thread, to compare these old pictures with the actual situation. Therefore we need the exact adress of that factory.

Re: The History of Corgi Factories 4 years, 5 months ago #5

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Karls, on one of those sites you gave me there is this picture.







I could not find the location at first , but.......
Last Edit: 4 years, 5 months ago by Keesie.

Re: The History of Corgi Factories 4 years, 5 months ago #6

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You have to turn the picture 90 degrees to the left. I concentrated especially on this part of the picture.



Re: The History of Corgi Factories 4 years, 5 months ago #7

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Bingo, found it!!!!!



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Re: The History of Corgi Factories 4 years, 5 months ago #8

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So there is only one main road leading past it, called Queensway. There seems to be no other road or entrance on one of the other sides of the factory, so let's concentrate on Queensway.

Re: The History of Corgi Factories 4 years, 5 months ago #9

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Here the pictures from Google. It seems as if storage-space, a camper car shop and a cafe, amongst others, took over the buildings. Pictures seem to be from 2012.









 


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Re: The History of Corgi Factories 4 years, 5 months ago #10

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Last Edit: 4 years, 5 months ago by karls.

Re: The History of Corgi Factories 4 years, 5 months ago #11

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Now we've seen where Corgi Toys where born this is where they was conceived at the Mettoy factory in Northampton where the late great Marcel R Van Cleemput took diecast to another level



Last Edit: 4 years, 5 months ago by michael77.
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Re: The History of Corgi Factories 4 years, 5 months ago #12

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Thanks so much guys for adding all that! Quite a story there about the industrial area, and how it developed. The no-tresspassers sign was probably there for people like us......

Re: The History of Corgi Factories 4 years, 5 months ago #13

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A thing I always wondered about is this, also for Dinky: are the models assembled there, or are they put together there from parts made somewhere else?

Re: The History of Corgi Factories 4 years, 5 months ago #14

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I think in the beginning all parts were made "in house". I have seen photos of machines spitting out diecast parts. Not sure about the plastic parts like windscreens, windows, bumpers etc.

Perhaps the jewelled headlights were not made by Corgi and Dinky, but bought from specialist manufacturers or suppliers

Re: The History of Corgi Factories 4 years, 5 months ago #15

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Both Meccano & Mettoy produced their own interiors and windows etc even the jeweled headlights where in house and not sourced from elsewhere the pull back motors used in various Dinky Anderson vehicles where made in Hong Kong like Mini Dinky etc but it wasn't until the 1970s that both companies used Hong Kong based companies to produce models en mass
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