James Williams

This photo is of James Williams standing with a safe he made at Chubb Lockworks for the Shah of Persia.

This photo is of James Williams who was my grandfather and was born in 1878. It’s taken at Chubb Lockworks which I think is down Wednesfield Road. He was in charge of the ‘heavy shop’ and he was involved in making this safe which is a strong room really. It was made for the Shah of Persia. It was absolutely his pride and joy that he’d been involved in this and it was probably the pinnacle of his entire life. That’s him there with all these drawers and little doors. It’s a huge room, it’s probably 12 ft tall. My grandfather was a very gentle man, he looked after my dad by himself -his wife had unfortunately gone into a mental hospital in Stafford when my father was about nine. He used to cycle to Stafford every week to go see her on the Saturday and Saturday afternoon. The only time he really had off.
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