Memories of Fairey Surveys Scotland

From John Scarrott

Further to your post celebrating Bill Clark’s 90th birthday, I have recently been sorting through my photo collection and attach a couple of photographs of Fairey Surveys Scotland Ltd (FSSL) staff circa 1974

Bill, Malcolm Eaton and I moved up from Maidenhead to Livingston in 1973 to setup FSSL, I was responsible for the Drawing Office

I recall that whilst waiting for our new office to be fitted out we were working from Bill’s flat in Livingston and had a contract with Bartholomew & Sons in Edinburgh to update elements of the Times World Atlas – Bill having convinced them that we were a competent and fully functioning company and could handle the project locally – as opposed to sending the work down to Maidenhead

That all went slightly awry when John Bartholomew himself paid a visit to check on progress and found me scribing on a make shift light table in Bill’s kitchen!

None the less we went on to have a very successful relationship with Bartholomew’s working on several other projects and also putting business their way when we employed them to print 50,000 copies of a contract we had won to produce the Glasgow Passenger Transport System map circa 1974 – that one was produced in a competent and fully functioning company!

Faireys Surveys Scotland Ltd – Staff circa 1974
L-R Bill Clark, Isobel (Secretary), John Scarrott, Malcolm Eaton, Neil, Dave, Linda and Isabel (our four trainee draughtsmen), Graham Longley

FSSL Drawing Office 1975

Photographs from Ulrich Münzer

Ulrich (Uli) came to Fairey Surveys for survey experience during two summers – June to September of 1967 and July to September of 1968, and lodged with Eddie Holmes during his time here.

He is now Dr Ulrich Münzer of LMU University in Munich, Faculty of Geosciences, with a speciality in subglacial volcanoes in Iceland. Details and even a photograph here: www.isviews.geo.lmu.de

He spends summers in Iceland, so can’t get to the reunions, but has sent in some photographs of his time at Fairey Surveys, and his reference from Lawrence Scott when he left in 1968.

Click on the photographs to enlarge.

Dakota Whiskey Charlie before its FSL repainting

Dakota Whiskey Charlie before its FSL repainting

Wild A8s.  John Churchard, John Parfitt and John Keay

Wild A8s. John Churchard, John Parfitt and John Keay

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Mosaicing.  Pete Sharman, Stan?, ?

Mosaicing. Pete Sharman, Stan?, ?

Kelsh Plotter, operator unknown

Kelsh Plotter, operator unknown

Lots of Kelsh Plotters

Lots of Kelsh Plotters

Zeiss C8 Stereoplanigraph, Tony Dady operating

Zeiss C8 Stereoplanigraph, Tony Dady operating

Wild A8 - Don't know who the operator is.

Wild A8 – Don’t know who the operator is.

Wild A8.  Harry Hodge?

Wild A8. Harry Hodge?

Great cars - and is that Peter Challis's Ford Anglia?

Great cars – and is that Peter Challis’s Ford Anglia?

Compilation Department 1968, Peter Challis in the white coat

Compilation Department 1968, Peter Challis in the white coat

Ulrich Münzer (foreground) and Eddie Holmes (left), probably at Farnborough Air Show

Ulrich Münzer (foreground) and Eddie Holmes (left), probably at Farnborough Air Show

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Drawing Office and Compilation in the 60s

 

Eddie Holmes and John Tompkins in Compilation

Eddie Holmes and John Tompkins in Compilation

Drawing office with Tony Furneaux & others

Photographs by Ulrich Münzer, 1966

Photographs by Ulrich Münzer, 1966

Top left, L-R: Dave Shave, John Keay, Ken McKenzie, Peter Challis     Top right: Peter Challis
Bottom left: L-R: Eddie Holmes, John Marshall                     Bottom Right: Eddie Holmes

 

 

 

John Parfitt photographs

Jayne Jupp has sent in some photographs of her father John Parfitt working in photogrammetry, and in a group picture.  The film crew in the first picture could be BBC South or Thames TV making a film about map making – does anyone remember?  All the people on the group photo have been identified, but not why or when it was taken.  Any additional information gratefully received, and will be added here.

Click on the photographs for a bigger picture.

John Parfitt with film crew

John Parfitt with film crew

John Parfitt on Wild A8

John Parfitt on Wild A8

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John Parfitt group photo

Left to right: Tony Dady, Malcolm Eaton, John Parfitt, Tony Apicella, Adrian Workman

Geophysics, 40 years on

Amazing that this bunch of reprobates is still around, telling each other tales of the old days.  A few of the old Faireys, including five from the old Geophysics team, got together for lunch the day of the FSL reunion in July 2013.  With many thanks to Carol and John Tompkins for the hospitality.

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Back row, left to right: Derek Minter, Rob Wallace, Alex Copeland, Pete Lilley, Arthur Pinto Bastos.

Sitting down, left to right: Heather Smith (Harris), John Tompkins, Gillian Wallace (Edwards)

Wild A8 Stereoplotter – in use

This request is from a photographer who wants to find a Wild A8 Stereoplotter in use:
Hello,

I’m a french artist and I work actually on the history of aerial photography.
I research a “Wild A8 Stereo plotter” and I would to know where I can find a “Wild A8 Stereo plotter” operating. I would like to make print with this.

Thank you,

David De Beyter

david.debeyter@gmail.com

If you have any information that might be useful, please contact Mr De Beyter direct.  If you think someone else might have useful information, please use the Contact form to let us know.

Department photos

AW11 Digital Mapping

AW11 Digital Mapping

AW10 Camera Room

AW10 Copy Camera Room

AW08 Drawing Office

AW08 Drawing Office

AW09 Repro Photo Department

AW09 Repro Photo Department

AW07 Oblique camera installation from R&I Dept

AW07 Oblique camera installation from R&I Dept

Photographs of the various departments in Fairey Surveys.  These have been supplied by Adrian Workman.  Does anyone know the name of the girl in the Drawing Office?

Equipment

Fairey Surveys used and made some very specialised equipment.  Here are pictures and information about some of it (click on the name or the photo for the full view).  Tony Furneaux and Adrian Workman provided the photographs, and Derek Minter and Lawrence Scott contributed the brochures.

Stereoviewer                                (Clyde Surveys version)

Fairey Stereoviewer brochure      (Fairey Surveys version)

Heliograph

Fairey Additive Viewer

Fairey Additive Viewer brochure  (Mk 2: The first picture is slightly different, with an extra interface, and the weight has more than doubled – FSL Newsletter 18 has details of the changes)

Fairey Plotterscope brochure

 

Vibration isolator unit

The photo of the camera without operator, AW17, was designed to be installed in an RAF Scout helicopter and used to take oblique photographs at long range.  It shows the vibration isolator unit which the camera is mounted on. The five photographs AW15,16,18,19 & 20 are parts of a typical vibration isolator unit that were made in the R&I Department.

 

 

Tony Furneaux photos

Attached are a number of photos from Tony Furneaux’s files, which will be sorted into department categories later.  Some have unidentified people in – please send in a comment with the reference number if you want to add anything to the caption.  Click on the thumbnail for the full picture.