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National Shell Factory Hartlepool - a general history

In October 1980, the Hartlepool Mail showed a selection of photographs of the Shell factory workforce; they received a response from Mr. Isaac Newton (then aged 80), whose father, Mr. William Newton (Head Foreman Turner), appeared in one of the images. Isaac had himself worked at the factory from 1915 to 1922 as an apprentice turner, working from 6am. to 5pm each day:
"I was paid 4s a week, out of which 2s 6d was stopped for my indentures, and 2d for convalescent homes in the area, which meant I took home about 1s 4d.
I got a 1s a week rise for every yuear I was there, and when I finished my time I was paid just over £2 a week."

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