16th November 2018

Welcome to the unveiling of the Longbridge Map, showing how the Austin looked in 1985.

My connection with THE AUSTIN started in January 1958 when I walked through
‘K’ Gate to start a 5 year Apprenticeship

On finishing my 5 years training, I worked for the company in various engineering
departments, until taking early retirement in October 1999.

In 2005 the factory closed down, and over 6,000 workers sadly lost their jobs.

As a local resident, along with Colin Corke, I joined the Longbridge Consultative Committee, which influenced the redevelopment of the site.

In 2006 various parts of the factory were about to be demolished.

I decided to record this sad event on video, and also set up a website called which gets around 55,000 hits a year from all over the world.

One dream of mine was that in the new Longbridge Town Centre, there would be a scale drawing of The Austin factory.

This map has been made possible through the vision of Claire Farrell of and the support of St Modwen and various Bodies who have funded this project.

I must also say a big thank you, to XtraSteel Services who have turned
my drawings into what you see today.

And lastly a thank you to those who have brought their
Longbridge vehicles along for us to enjoy.





Location is between M&S and Poundland