Britannia Works, Colchester
Picture Gallery

Acknowledgement: The following photographs have been provided by Marcel Glover, Senior Development Engineer, MAN B&W Diesel Ltd, Paxman, who worked at Britannia up to the time of its closure in 1982. He and the Development department were then relocated to Standard Works.

Britannia Apprentices

Britannia Apprentices
Apprentices at Britannia, probably at the time lathes were manufactured there.
It would appear a cloth cap was almost obligatory!

After the Fire of February 1944

Britannia after fire

Britannia after fire
St Botolph's Church can be seen in background.

Britannia after fire

Britannia after fire

Aerial View of St Botolph's & Britannia circa early 1970s

St Botolph's
St Botolph's roundabout in the early stages of construction in the early 1970s.
St Botolph's station (on left) still handled a substantial amount of goods traffic.
The branch line into Britannia Works is also visible.
(Photo taken on infra red film, looking west)

Views from St Botolph's Church Tower

Tower View1
In the foreground are the Britannia Works offices. The paper lorry is
delivering to the print department which occupied the north bay.
Behind the offices, running from left to right, is Priory Street.
The multi-storey car park, top left, was demolished some years ago.

Tower View2
Britannia Works - right foreground
In the distance are the accommodation towers of the University Of Essex (top right).

Britannia Works 1982

The following photographs were taken during the last month before the Works closed in 1982.

Back of Britannia
Back of the Works, looking west towards St Botolph's Church.
The Rig bay is on the left and the Pipe Shop near the centre.

Tea Break
Enjoying a tea break on their last day at 'the Brit'.   From left to right:
Andy Fowles, Stress Lab Technician; Dennis Coltman, Development Engineer.
From right: Kevin Hosking; Alan Clarke, Draughtsman; Bill Cox (seated);
Alastair Taylor; Bernie Cropton; Dave Cardy.
Left rear: Anita, Typist; Judy Leach, Illustrator; Clive Sims.

Centre Bay, Britannia
The centre bay of the Works after most of the tools and machinery had been removed.
The cylinder head section and machine shop had occupied this bay.

Office Block
The east end of the old office block. A typical wartime building,
it may have been put up when the fire-damaged workshops were re-constructed.

Fire pump
Roy Matthews, Works Fire Chief, with his Coventry Climax trailer pump
and well maintained fire-fighting equipment.

View from the east end of the Works, showing boiler house (right) and fuel tanks.
The large door on the far left is where the railway siding entered the Works.

The top end of the railway bay, which was the most southerly extent of the main shop.
This bay abutted the side of the station platform. There were some dank and dark recesses
which went under the platform and were reputed to have been stables in the long distant past.

The shutters finally come down on Britannia Works !

Page updated: 07 DEC 2001