Leyland Historical Society

In 1914 the Rubber Growers Association paid a visit to the Leyland & Birmingham Rubber Company. They were each provided with a guide book to the factory newly rebuilt after the great fire in January 1913.

When Leyland Library recently had a Local History Taster Day, they found a copy of the Guide Book in their records. The Leyland Historical Society have copied the book and added historical details to the text and improved the photographs so you can now purchase a copy of this little book at one of the Society's meetings or from Open Office, Turpin Green Lane, Leyland for the bargain price of £2.50. 

Leyland & Birmingham Rubber Company at around the turn of the 20th Century, this building in the foreground would burn down in 1913. 

This is Leyland and Farington on the 1st June 1957 at the height of the industrial development of the town with the Spurrier Works in the distance only being built 4 years previously.  

Souvenir of the Visit of the Council of the Rubber Growers Association to the Works of the Leyland & Birmingham Rubber Co – June 16th, 1914. - £2.50

This factory opened in 1905 as Roberts & Whitehead being the names of the two ex-directors of the Leyland & Birmingham  Rubber Company but within the next two years it changed to Wood Milne which had previously just ben a trade mark or so we thought, hence a little investigation.

As we start to build up the information on the industrial sites in the town we will keep adding to this part of the website.

Here you also find the updates to the Oral History Project

and the link how to add your details to the Project