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  • Chapter Eight

    1920's A LITTLE BIT OF A WINDOW ON UNIONS AND WORK IN  THE 1920's A surviving agreement between the employers and the Dock Wharf Riverside and General Workers Union who controlled the labour that every timber yard employed shows that...

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  • Chapter Eleven

    In July 1939, Nicks & Co agreed to take half of a cargo of 600 standards of spruce being shipped from Digby and St Johns in Canada, with neighbours Griggs & Co taking the other half. To aid discharge, Nicks...

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  • Chapter Eighteen

    A little background on how I came to Gloucester and Nicks .  The final Ship to bring Timber to Gloucester would discharge at Monk Meadow Hempstead 1987 for my old company at the time Williams & Farmer Ltd where I...

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  • Chapter Twenty Five

    GTC and Nicks join forces resulting in a new MD And share ownership to save the company.  Having offered Phil McCormick the rental of an office space to set up Gloucester Timber Company Ltd (GTC ) as an independent timber...

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  • Chapter Twenty Four

    The building of the new managment team Old Friends from Williams and Farmer Ltd (W&F) and his New Friends at Nicks . The key to success is building the right team so Phil looked to his old MD and mentor...

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  • Chapter Six

    The rhythm of normal business was dramatically interupted in March 1907 when a major fire destroyed Nicks & Co’s saw mill. The fire spread to some of the timber in the yard, which soon became one great mass of flames...

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  • Chapter Seven

    Price Walker Ltd 1736 -1986 Gloucesters Oldest And largest Timber Importer kept Nicks alive and helped The Drury family step in . To strengthen the management of Nicks & Co, Frank Croxford, managing director of Price Walker & Co, who...

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  • Chapter Nine

    Nicks History and Succession to the Drury Family Ownership and how Timber was imported into the Uk in the 30s Managing Director Lawrence Buchanan died in January 1929. He had not played a major role in public life, but he...

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  • Chapter Ten

    Transport changes from Canal to Rail to Road. A dangerous Buisness that resulted in a death at Nicks Timer yard . In 1933, the firm stopped using G T Beard’s lighters to bring the timber from Sharpness to Gloucester, and...

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  • Chapter Twelve

    The crash site viewed from Tuffley Avenue. As fireman smother the area with foam, the damage sustained by both the house and G-APAZ are clear from this angle. Courtesy Gloucestershire Constabulary At 0845 hours GMT on Wednesday 27 March, Staverton...

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  • Chapter Thirteen

    Thomas Lawrence Drury  The Drury Family take controls of Nicks in 1930  but how did they get into the business ? Thomas Lawrence Drury went for an interview in August 1890 with Thomas Adams & Co of Birmingham who opened...

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  • Chapter Fourteen

    WWII PART 2  Thomas L Drury MD had three sons, seen here on the beach at Bournemouth in 1929, Tom Senior and Junior at the back with John left and Kenneth right. Having secured sole ownership the family started to...

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