Ponders End Shell Worker's Souvenir Book - Document

This souvenir book, signed by the workers of the Ponders End Shell Works, was presented to H. S. Bickerton Brindley, a British engineer and armaments manufacturer who in 1915 was put in charge of the Ponders End Shell Works. The front page shows a hand painted picture of a munitions shell, delicately coloured with silver and gold ink. Brindley, described as a man of commanding personality, was honoured by the workers when in 1917 they sent a petition to the Grand Lodge of Freemasons asking that a local lodge be named after him. Winston Churchill, a prominent Freemason, supported the petition and Brindley was appointed First Master of the lodge which was eventually named Ponders End Lodge. Brindley died in 1920, one year after the shell works closed.
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