The history of a Worle business

PUBLISHED: 17:00 04 December 2010

Raye Green

Raye Green

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A NEW book giving an insight into the history of a Worle site is now on sale.

Fussell’s Rubber Co Ltd – Working In Worle is available at Worle History Society meetings.

Member Raye Green, who was involved with creating the latest book on the former Station Road rubber factory, said: “Late in 2009 I found myself seated in the workmanlike office of Julian Fussell at Baytree Garage, begging Julian to be kind to my little car and give it an MoT for another year.

“On a shelf above the desk I spotted an old building brick, with Fussell’s Rubber Co. written on the side.

“Naturally, I asked Julian why he had a brick from Fussell’s and that’s how all this started.

“As Julian said ‘good job you’re nosey’.

“I had no idea that Julian’s surname was Fussell, or that his grandfather, H J Fussell, was one of the founders of the firm that was so much at the centre of life in Worle for much of the 20th century.

“I told Julian about Worle History Society and between us we hatched a plot to involve Julian’s brother, Michael, and Hugh Champion in an evening meeting, celebrating the old firm.

“As it turned out, Julian’s son Stephen came along to share the evening too.

“The material we all cobbled together seemed too good to waste, and thus this little book was written and illustrated as a lasting memorial for everyone who worked for Fussell’s or had friends and family working there.”

The book is available, priced £5.50, at Worle History Society meetings, held the first Thursday of each month at 7pm at Worle Community Centre in Lawrence Road, via www.worlehistorysociety.net or from Raye Green on 01934 516773.

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