MacDonald Syer Ltd – 1949 Margate Kent.

My grandfather (left back row) worked for MacDonald Syers for years. They were a lift engineering and electrical business based in Calvin Street, Shoreditch East London.




Here they all are very smartly dressed on a works outing to the seaside. Margate in Kent in June 1949.

Photo taken by Sunbeam Photo Ltd, 82 Sweyn Road, Margate Kent.

MacDonald Syer Margate 1949

MacDonald Syer Margate 1949

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5 comments on “MacDonald Syer Ltd – 1949 Margate Kent.
  1. george rogers says:

    I worked for mc Donald syer in about 1977 at calvin st

    I remember mr pope managing director
    frank forderer electrical forman
    terry currie mate
    sid motor winder
    jack armour workshop guru
    john McIver lift engineer
    james mundy lift engineer
    colin critchlow mr brown
    George rogers mate
    dutch billy sales rep

  2. Alan Camfield says:

    My father, Jack Camfield is on the left,seated, second front row.
    Sometimes on Saturday we would get the train from Potters Bar to Kings Cross when he went to work at Whitbread’s Brewery.
    I remember the man in the second row from the rear on the right (with his arms on the man in front)……he was from Wales and was known as “Taffy”.
    Dad and our family left England in 1950 to live in Melbourne, Australia….. a great life for all of us.

  3. Diane Davis says:

    Searching for information on, MacDonald Syer Ltd, I came across the photograph of the firms trip to Margate. Sitting in the second row is my grandfather, Bert Saunders, who was co Director with Mr Pottle, who I think is in the front row. I never knew the firm was in Shoreditch, I only remember the offices in Kings Cross.

    • Thank you for getting in touch, my grandfather worked for them for many many years, ending up as foreman before retiring around 1981 or so. I went along once for a day with him and remember the Shoreditch premises well, Calvin Street.

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