Boneham & Turners 1949/50

Some of the workforce of Messrs Boneham & Turner, Precision Engineers, Nottingham Road, Mansfield displaying drilled and milled steel to form high speed precision machine heads destined for Australia.

This photograph was understood to be in the Mansfield Reporter in 1949 and the caption read;

‘Travellers between Mansfield and Nottingham during the past few months could scarcely have realised that within 100 yards of their route, at the engineering works of Messrs Boneham & Turners, 30 cwts of Britain’s finest steel was being drilled and milled to form high speed precision machine heads destined for Australia.

Boneham & Turners are the only designers and producers of this machinery in England and are working in close competition with an American Engineering firm.

30 cwts may seem a small export but as Mr Boneham said, “We are selling craftsmanship rather than sheer bulk. “Craftsmanship it is, for each part is machined to 10,000th part of an inch equivalent to splitting thickness of this page 30 times. Such precision makes a big increase in the value of the finished article and, in a few cubic feet of shipping space, an export equivalent in value to Mansfield’s butter ration for a month sails to Australia.’




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  • My friend was Edward or as I knew him, Uncle Ted Boneham, whose father founded the firm, it was initially Whiteley Boneham, however Alf Whiteley and Boneham parted, Ted went to Coventry for the war effort. I recall his many stories each Saturday pm, sadly his father died and a difficulty arose, any how Ted left the firm and worked elsewhere, the family lived at Elm House, Nottm Road, then Broadlands in High Oakham, I knew the younger member William. Ted died in Scotland although I was in weekly contact, a pleasant interesting man, much missed.

    By Mark Wilson (30/06/2019)
  • My father,  Reginald Shaw.   He loved working for this firm.   In spite of repeated approaches from employers in Australia and England, he remained with Boneham and Turner until his retirement in 1984.    He was the Training Officer.

    By Sandra Bird (11/04/2018)
  • Looking at this picture of the engineering  personnel at Boneham & Turners there are 16 workers with ties , you wouldn’t  see it now days . Times have changed.

    By Gary Noble (01/07/2015)
  • Dennis, The reporter was not far wrong. The limits worked to were often 0.0001″ or in fairness 0.0002″ ie. two ten thousandths of an inch. I used to work there and those sort of limits are required for these high precision products.  Working to those tight limits is not at all uncommon in this trade.

    By Jeff (30/06/2015)
  • I think the reporter might have got the size limits wrong its more likely to be 1 thousandth of an inch not 10, or even less than that.

    By Dennis Norman (23/09/2013)

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