BKL ALLOYS (Kings Norton)
The following email was received from Chris Michell
in January 2003.
I have just been looking at your very impressive website, and I
wonder if you might be able to help me with some historical research
relating to past industrial activities in King’s Norton?
am an aviation historian and I am currently looking into the history
of a company by the name of BKL Alloys Ltd. They were an Aluminium
smelting concern founded in 1936, their works being located on the
southern side of the railway line just to the west of Kings Norton
the late 1940’s they were heavily involved in the scrapping and
disposal of large numbers of surplus RAF aircraft,
bombers etc. The aircraft were cut up at RAF airfields all around the
country, the pieces were then transported by rail to the BKL works
where they were melted down and cast into ingots, these then being
recycled back to industry.
Attached are some 1950’s BKL publicity photos).
to the point of my enquiry to you, in those far off days young lads
were inevitably attracted to places such as aircraft scrap yards! So
if possible I would like to ask via your website if any of your ‘old
boys’ have any memories of BKL? If so I would be very interested to
in anticipation and Happy new year!
Isle of Wight