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Topic Originator: roger Hardingham
Post Date December 21, 2015 @ 8:17 AM
 RE: Cascelloid
 RE: Cascelloid
 RE: Cascelloid
 RE: Cascelloid
 RE: Cascelloid

roger Hardingham
December 21, 2015 @ 8:17 AM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

My Uncle Martin reminded me about the factory name of Castloid. Does anyone recall this company who made plastic products, I think? Roger

Mike Laughton
January 5, 2016 @ 12:06 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Hi Roger!
Cascelloid was a major employer in the town who provided scores of part time jobs - particularly for married mums. It was a great blow to the town when the factory was lost.
Cascelloid were originally a Leicester based toy-making firm with other factories in Leicester and (i think) Loughborough or Coalville as well as Stamford.
My Mum worked there during the second world war when production was switched to armaments then, at the end of the war, when the company switched back to manufacturing toys they wanted a couple of kids as the face of Cascelloid toys. So they held a competition among all the employee's kids and lo and behold my twin sister and I won. (We were three years old at the time and became the face of Cascelloid toys for the next two years.
During the 1960s the firm expanded and a new factory was built where Waitrose now stands. In fact the Waitrose supermarket is virtually the old Cascelliod factory building intact.
The firm switched production from toys to plastic tubes for cosmetics and other commodities.
As well as remaining a major employer of full and part-time women, the firm also began to take on more men as engineers, fitters and production operatives.
The loss of Cascelloids was a tragedy for Stamford and it  was particularly painful the way it came about.
Nearby Corby was suffering high unemployment as a result of mass redundancies at the steelworks so the 1980s Thatcher Government designated Corby as a special investment area and firms were offered massive incentives to open factories in the town. This didn't really solve the unemployment problem. it just moved it away from Corby to other towns as companies like Cascelloid closed down existing factories and moves to new premises in Corby.
Many employees were offered new jobs at the new non-unionised factory in Corby at lower rates of pay and worse terms but most opted to take the redundancy money.
Cascelloid was a very good employer and the company paid fair rates and had good terms and conditions. It was a bitter blow losing the factory to Corby after so many decades in Stamford.

Roger Partridge
January 5, 2016 @ 10:05 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Yes I remember Cascelloid, a division of British Xylonite. The factory was the stone building in West Street, opposite Rock Road and now part of the Torkington Gardens development. They expanded and across the road built a factory which is now Waitrose.

They made toys and dolls under the "Palitoy" name in the 1950s, but by 1960 were manufacturing plastic tubes and bottles as well as polythene packaging under several different brand names including "Cascaflex".

My mother worked there from 1947 to 1949 and remained friends with several work colleagues for over 50 years.

Roger Partridge
January 8, 2016 @ 10:11 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Another connection my parents had with Cascelloid was that the house in Empingham Road in which they lived for nearly 40 years was bought by Cascelloid to house a member of the workforce (as was the adjoining semi). Both houses were built by W Brick and Co in 1946. Cascelloid sold the houses to the occupiers in the 1950s or early 1960s.

Although it was a very mundane 3 bed semi, moving there was a definite step up for us in the early 60s, a house with proper bathroom, proper kitchen, front garden, drive and......inside toilet!!

Bob brechin
April 22, 2017 @ 3:51 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

I am writing book on Palitoy/Cascelloid and would like to get in touch with Mike Laughton

Mike Laughton
April 24, 2017 @ 8:48 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Hi Bob!
I'm on 01572812237
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Glad to help you if I can

Peter Bowman
April 26, 2017 @ 7:31 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

In the 1950s the manager of Cascelloid was a Scot called Jock Liddle. He and his wife were friendly with my parents and I was a friend of their son Peter Liddle both at Northfields School & Stamford School. The factory backed on to Tower House in St Peter's Hill & the family lived there. When my parents moved to Norfolk in 1959, I stayed in that lovely house for a month or so. I saw Peter later because we went to the same university but I wonder whether the Liddles stayed in Stamford. Any news?

Terry Corby
May 2, 2017 @ 1:30 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Mum used to work there. I remember getting lots of plastic bottle caps to play with! Haha

chris herrrick
June 18, 2017 @ 6:35 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Cascelloid were based in the Britannia Works on Abbey Lane in Leicester; I worked next door in 1964/65 at the Crusader Works, for a radiator manufacturer, but passing Cascelloid every day  I  noticed the eternal flame at the archway entrance; I think this is where smokers had to dispose of their cigarettes on their way in to work, and perhaps light up on their way home.

Chris Jarvis
June 27, 2017 @ 12:19 AM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Hi Peter
Pete Liddle now lives in Paris and has done so for many years.
We have met up there and also in the UK over the last few years
His father ( ex WW2 RAF Typhoon pilot ) died a year or two ago
Suspect that Peter will be in Stamford this coming weekend  ( 30 June / 1 July ) at an Old Stamfordian reunion
Sadly I will miss this reunion since I'm at the Tour de France prologue in Duesseldorf
Probably too much information !
BW - Chris

Peter Bowman
November 25, 2017 @ 10:00 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Hi Chris,
It's taken me a few months to catch up with your last posting. Very pleased to read it - we knew each other well 60-odd years ago. I was aware of your career in medicine & international cycling, but would love to know more of people who were in the Junior School of Stamford School at the end of the 1950s. There was Peter Liddle...another friend was Stephen Gooch whose father was a vet in St Martins. Also Billy Cross, whose family ran a garage. I'd love to see information about that 2017 Old Stamfordian reunion.

Allyson Wake
December 7, 2017 @ 11:18 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

My mum (Margaret Wake) worked nights at Cascelloids in the early '70s. I remember at least one Christmas party they put on for the kids. She made some really good friends there. I went to the old Sir Malcolm Sargent school from about '71-'73, Dad worked at Newage & we lived in Caledonian Road.

January 30, 2018 @ 7:50 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Hi Bob,

My grandfather (Denis Carter) was the factory manager at Cascelloid in Leicester pre and post the second world war and has written about his time there in his memoirs. I believe some of the staff were then employed later at the toy company Rosedale he then worked at. He talks about managing the factory through the war on the night shift making parts for the war effort.
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