Plessey at the Edge book


ATM, AT&E, Plessey, GPT, Marconi

PlesseyAtTheEdge.co.uk is a web-site built to provide memories for the thousands of people who worked mainly at Edge Lane, Liverpool for AT&E, Plessey, GPT or Marconi.

Latest news and updates

Cancellation of next Get-Together

Please note that unfortunately we have to cancel the next get-together which was planned for Friday 1st February 2013.

We hope to arrange a new date soon, probably for some time in March.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but regrettably there is a clash of dates which is beyond our control.

- (Updated Tuesday 22nd January 2013) -

Another Year on .......

Happy New Year to all of our ex-colleagues and friends from the Plessey At The Edge team.

2012 has been a very busy year for many of us, giving mixed progress for our P.A.T.E activities. Sadly during the year some of our dear friends and colleagues passed away but fortunately many of us are still quite active to try and keep the Edge Lane story alive.

During the early part of the year we were able to put a lot of information and photographs onto the site. Many thanks to those who got in touch and gave us the material to use. These include many publications like Switching Express, GPT Xpress, Quality matters and a number of Tone quarterly magazines from 1956. If you have not had the chance to look at these please do so as there are many memories captured here.

Work went well gathering material for the book proposal, which was a project we started with the Trinity Mirror Group. However Trinity Mirror decided to publish only part of our material instead of what we had hoped would be a dedicated book. We were included in a publication "The Way We Worked". Though we didn't have much opportunity to influence the content, they used some of our material over 10 pages or so. The publication featured Plessey (Strowger works is on the book cover) along with Ford, Bibby, Dunlop, Courtaulds and others and is still worth reading. Many thanks to all of the individuals who provided the images and worked with us to create the articles. The Liverpool Echo also did features on Plessey in September, so we are getting some recognition and increased awareness.

We held a meeting recently to discuss what we might do in the future and we hope to be more active in 2013. Our challenges will be sorting out the publication of our material in some format, perhaps online, and to extend our web-site material and re-engage with the Liverpool Museum who have offered the possibility of an exhibition stand.

Finally for now, after being prompted by quite a lot of you, we would also like to propose a date for another informal get-together!

We have arranged this for Friday 1st February 2013 from 7:30 p.m. at the Collegiate Bohemians Sporting Club on Queens Drive near the Jolly Miller.

There is a Licensed Bar until late and entrance is free. There is no agenda, just a casual get-together and an opportunity to meet up once again and to renew acquaintances with friends and colleagues who worked at Edge Lane.

We hope to see you then.
Best wishes and Good health to you all for 2013 from John, Eric, Paul and Les

- (Updated Sunday 6th January 2013) -

2012 Archive

More publications to read and download

More Plessey publications have been added under PLESSEY-DOWNLOADS.
More GPT publications have been added under GPT-DOWNLOADS.
- (Updated Thursday 1st March 2012) -

Contributors Notice

If you have already provided material we require additional information from you - see the BOOK tab.
- (Updated Thursday 16th February 2012) -

Further Images Added

More new images have been added to the gallery - see the NEW tab.
- (Updated Sunday 5th February 2012) -

More Images Added

New images have been added to the gallery - see the NEW tab.
Also a few photos from the get-together on the evening of Friday 21st October 2011 can be found under the SOCIAL tab.
- (Updated Sunday 15th January 2012) -

Milestones Section - Information Is Still Needed

We still need help with the Facts and Figures we have gathered to-date. Is there anything you could add ? For example, estimates of the number of people working on the site at any particular time ?
If so, please complete the form under the FACTS tab.
- (Updated Monday 24th October 2011) -

Next Social Event - Further Reminder

The next Social evening is this Friday 21st October 2011 starting at 7:30. Over 70 people have already replied that they will be attending but if you have not done so, don't worry you are still more than welcome to come along.

- (Updated Monday 17th October 2011) -

'New' Section Updated

New images added to the gallery - see the NEW tab.
- (Updated Sunday 9th October 2011) -

ATE TONE publications to read and download

New TONE magazines (published between 1956 and 1960) have been added under ATE-DOWNLOADS.
- (Updated Sunday 25th September 2011) -

Milestones Section Added

Additonal section shows the Facts and Figures we have gathered to-date.
- (Updated Saturday 2nd September 2011) -

Next Social Event Announced

October Social evening announced for Friday 21st October 2011 starting at 7:30.

- (Updated Saturday 25th June 2011) -

Your Help - Facts and Figures Required

We are trying to build an accurate timeline of the site history and we need your help.
More details can be found under the FACTS tab.
- (Updated Thursday 23rd June 2011) -

'New' Section Added

Additonal section shows the most recent images added to the gallery - see the NEW tab.
- (Updated Saturday 18th June 2011) -

New publications to read and download

More documents (supplied by Walter Yule, Les Shan, Stan Edwards and Ron Addlington) have been added under the DOWNLOADS tab.
- (Updated Monday 6th June 2011) -

Pictures from Social Event on 13th May

Images from the get-together on the evening of Friday 13th May 2011 can be found under the SOCIAL tab.
- (Updated Monday 16th May 2011) -

Video Clips Added

Video clips from Plessey era, including the day Ken Lilley retired and a helicopter flight around the site, are now available under the VIDEO tab.
- (Updated Thursday 5th May 2011) -

New Images

More images (supplied by Derek Fell and Colin Roberts) have been added under the GALLERY tab.
- (Updated Sunday 1st May 2011) -

New Social Event Announced

We have organised another get-together on the evening of Friday 13th May 2011 starting at 7:30.

- (Updated Thursday 10th February 2011) -

Major Website Updates

Sample stories included under the EXTRACTS tab.
More than 600 photographs added under the GALLERY tab.
Almost 100 documents, drawings and posters added under the new MEDIA tab.
More newspapers magazines now available under the DOWNLOADS tab.
- (Updated Monday 22nd November 2010

Social Event Photo Update

Images from the social event can be found under the SOCIAL tab.
- (Updated Sunday 5th September 2010

Social Event

A special social event to discuss, plan and pool ideas for the proposed book was held on Friday 25th June.
- (Updated Monday 31st May 2010

Website Relaunched

The Plessey At The Edge web-site 'www.plesseyattheedge.co.uk' is re-launched. The site now includes images supplied by ex-employees and a download section for publications and documents.
- (Updated Monday 3rd May 2010