Lincoln Electric was an American company that set up quite a small factory in Broadwater Road, Welwyn Garden City in 1935. It would eventually graduate to a newly built factory in Black Fan Road covering 180,000 sq. feet with its own railway siding. It manufactured electrodes and accessories for all types of arc welding applications. During World War II the company made the very important discovery of an electrode that could be used for welding armour plate. By 1960 it was the largest manufacturer of D.C. arc welding units in the U.K. It became part of the Guest, Keen & Nettlefolds group of companies.

Back
Lincoln Electrics
This section of one of Louis de Soissons' town plans for the industrial area shows the location for Lincoln Electric Company Ltd's first factory (yellow highlighted number 40) in Broadwater Road. The company moved into the factory previously owned by the Welwyn Match Company in 1935. Also shown is the (yellow shaded) area into which it was able to expand over the next 21 years. In 1957 the company moved from its factories in Broadwater Road to a new site in Black Fan Road.
Lincoln Electrics
Lincoln Electric Company Ltd - 21 years. Commemorative book produced by the company in 1957 to celebrate its 21st anniversary and the occasion of its new factory opening in Black Fan Road. This contains a wealth of material about the company, its operations and its staff. Donated to the Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust archive by Margaret H as part of the 'Where Do You Think We Worked?' project.
Lincoln Electrics
Lincoln Electric Company Ltd - 21 years. Commemorative book produced by the company to celebrate its 21st anniversary and the occasion of its new factory opening. This page shows the three buildings that housed company for its first 21 years in the town including the original building that was formerly home to Welwyn Matches. Donated to the Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust archive by Margaret H as part of the 'Where Do You Think We Worked?' project.
Lincoln Electrics
Lincoln Electric Company Ltd - 21 years. Commemorative book produced by the company to celebrate its 21st anniversary and the occasion of its new factory opening. Behind The Lincoln Service - new office block (front view) photograph. Donated to the Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust archive by Margaret H as part of the 'Where Do You Think We Worked?' project.
Lincoln Electrics
Lincoln Electric staff social event donated by Cecil C. (pictured 3rd right)
Lincoln Electrics
Lincoln Electric Company social event photograph contributed to the WGCHT archive by Cecil C. (pictured centre with hands clasped & raised).
Lincoln Electrics
GKN Lincoln Electric Ltd - playing cards - the Lincoln Electric Company became part of the Guest Keen & Nettlefold group. This item was kindly donated to the Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust archive by Carolyn S as part of the 'Where Do You Think We Worked?' project.
Lincoln Electrics
Lincoln Electric Company social event photograph contributed to the WGCHT archive by Cecil C. (Johnny Danks far right - in charge of welding school).
Lincoln Electrics
Lincoln Electric Company 'Keep Fit Girls' Studio Lisa photograph (taken in back garden of Studio Lisa in Parkway) contributed to the WGCHT archive by Cecil C.
Lincoln Electrics
Lincoln Electric Company 'Keep Fit Girls' Studio Lisa photograph contributed to the WGCHT archive by Cecil C.
Lincoln Electrics
Lincoln Electric Company 'Keep Fit Girls' Studio Lisa photograph contributed to the WGCHT archive by Cecil C.
Lincoln Electrics
Lincoln Electric Company Ltd - LECO was the company's Social Club with a wide range of facilities. The LECO football team went to Ostend, Belgium in April 1952 - other members of staff were able to go along on the trip. On arrival team and supporters were surprised to find themselves feted around the town. Donated to the Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust archive by Margaret H as part of the 'Where Do You Think We Worked?' project.
Lincoln Electrics
Lincoln Electric Company Ltd - LECO - football team tour to Ostend, Belgium in April 1952 was open to staff wanting to go along and support the team. It was the first time Margaret had been abroad. Donated to the Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust archive by Margaret H as part of the 'Where Do You Think We Worked?' project.
Lincoln Electrics
Lincoln Electric Company Ltd - Black Fan Road - Office Block staff c1958. Seated front row far right is Pam P, standing behind the lady seated in a floral dress is Diane P (white blouse and dark cardigan). Image donated to the Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust archive by Margaret H as part of the 'Where Do You Think We Worked?' project.
Lincoln Electrics
Studio Lisa photograph of Lincoln Electric staff party at the Parkway Restaurant donated by Cecil C.
Lincoln Electrics
Lincoln Electric Company social event photograph contributed to the WGCHT archive by Cecil C.
Lincoln Electrics
Lincoln Electric Company social event photograph contributed to the WGCHT archive by Cecil C.
Lincoln Electrics
Lincoln Electric Company bonus distribution - photograph contributed to the WGCHT archive by Cecil C. (pictured front right signing for bonus!)
Lincoln Electrics
Lincoln Electric Company Ltd - staff outing to Margate. From left to right Peggy R, Jean W, ?, Margaret H, Doris B. Image donated to the Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust archive by Margaret as part of the 'Where Do You Think We Worked?' project.
Lincoln Electrics
Lincoln Electric Company bonus distribution - photograph contributed to the WGCHT archive by Cecil C. (pictured front right waving bonus!)
Lincoln Electrics
Lincoln Electric Company social event photograph contributed to the WGCHT archive by Cecil C. (wife pictured centre - left of 'lucky dip').
Lincoln Electrics
Lincoln Electric Company social event photograph contributed to the WGCHT archive by Cecil C. (wife pictured centre with arm in lucky dip!).
Lincoln Electrics
Lincoln Electrics - celebrating - photograph dated 3rd February 1967. Ken Budge (Chief Accountant & Company Secretary) 3rd from right back row. Picture donated to the Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust archive by Ken's daughter Carolyn as part of the 'Where Do You Think We Worked?' project.
Lincoln Electrics
Lincoln Electric Company Ltd factory - moved from original smaller premises in Broadwater Road to a newly built factory in Black Fan Road covering 180,000 sq. ft. with its own railway siding. This image was donated to the Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust archive by Ken's daughter Carolyn S as part of the 'Where Do You Think We Worked?' project.
Lincoln Electrics
Lincoln Electric Company Ltd staff - March 1970 - centre is Ken Budge (Chief Accountant & Company Secretary). Picture donated to the Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust archive by Ken's daughter Carolyn as part of the 'Where Do You Think We Worked?' project.
Lincoln Electrics
Lincoln Electric Company Ltd staff - Ken Budge (Chief Accountant & Company Secretary) is on far right (3rd figure up from bottom of picture). This image was donated to the Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust archive by Ken's daughter Carolyn S as part of the 'Where Do You Think We Worked?' project.
Lincoln Electrics
Lincoln Electric Company Ltd - 10 & 25 years service awards presented to Margaret H. Image donated to the Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust archive by Margaret as part of the 'Where Do You Think We Worked?' project.
 
 
Powered by Phoca Gallery