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British Made Small Electrical Items – Kettles, Toasters, Kitchen Items, Vacuum Cleaners (Hoovers), etc + kitchen tools and kitchenware and workwear

Chances are until just a few years ago that your small electrical items like kettles and toasters would have been made in the UK and lasted for years and years.  Chances are if you buy a kettle today it will be made in China and break within a short time. Also listed here is British made kitchenware.

British made kettles

Philips used to make electric kettles in the UK (I have a couple of old made In England Philips kettles and they are very well made and they are still working), but I checked with Philips who have confirmed that all Philips products are now made in the Far East. For example, there was a Philips household domestic appliances factory in Hastings on the south coast that made kettles and electric heaters and it closed in 2008. Phillips used to make many other products in the UK such as razors, televisions, television components, military equipment, light bulbs, and CDs too but has now closed all its UK factories. They also own Mullards and Pye. Philips is a Dutch multinational technology company. Philips were one a big manufacturing presence in the UK. At the start of 2018 Phlips did actually have one factory still operating in the UK in Glemsford in Suffolk making Avent baby bottles but sadly in January 2018 Philips have announced even that is to close by 2020 and production moved to Philips home country, the Netherlands, because of the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, the UK’s proposal to leave the European Union.

Philips Filterline HD 4617 jug kettle. Kettle made in England; seperate base made in China. Purchased in January 2005.

Vintage Philips Filterline HD 4617 jug kettle. Kettle made in England; seperate base made in China. Purchased in January 2005. Photograph by author.

Vintage Philips type HD 4601Filterline electric kettle. c. late 1990s. Made in England (front view)

Vintage Philips type HD 4601Filterline electric kettle. c. late 1990s. Made in England (front view)

Vintage Philips type HD 4601Filterline electric kettle. c. late 1990s. Made in England (base underside view). Inscription reads "Philips type HD 4601made in England Batch 0008 A 220-240v -50-60hz 1850-2200w"

Vintage Philips type HD 4601Filterline electric kettle. c. late 1990s. Made in England (base underside view). Inscription reads “Philips type HD 4601made in England Batch 0008 A 220-240v -50-60hz 1850-2200w”

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Large Electrical Items (White Goods) Made in Britain – Water Coolers, Dehumidifiers, Freezers, Refrigerators, Washing Machines, Tumble Dryers, Gas and Electric Fires, Hostess Trolleys, Cookers, Wood Burning and Multi-Fuel Stoves

British Made Large Electrical Items (White Goods)  – Water Coolers, Dehumidifiers, Freezers, Refrigerators, Washing Machines, Tumble Dryers, Gas and Electric Fires, Hostess Trolleys, Cookers, Wood Burning and Multi-Fuel Stoves, etc.

New World cookers (part of Glen Dimplex) manufacture their built-in ovens, built-in hobs, range cookers, splashbacks, and some of their freestanding cookers in the UK. Their range hoods, refrigerators, freezers, and dishwashers are now foreign made. You can see which items are British made in their brochure – http://www.newworld.co.uk

New World NW-50HLGE freestanding cooker. Made in Britain.

New World NW-50HLGE freestanding cooker. Made in Britain.

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British Made Tools – British Made DIY, Trade, Agricultural and Garden Tools and Equipment – British Made Engineering Tools and Equipment – Building Materials – Building Tools – Scientific Equipment – Garden related products made in Great Britain

British Made Tools – British Made DIY, Trade, Agricultural and Garden Tools and Equipment – British Made Engineering Tools and Equipment – Building Work – Scientific Equipment

British Made Tape Measures  and Rulers

Fiscohttp://www.fisco.co.uk – make tape measures in Essex in England.  They make tape measures (the kind used by builders and in DIY), spirit levels, laser measures, long tape measures and surveyor’s tape measures, set squares, wooden rulers (bench rules, surveyor’s rods), steel rulers, and chalk line reels.  I am not sure if everything they sell is made in England, so best to check before buying.  Their products are available in Jewson, on the net, etc. Fisco are not British owned, rather they are part of the Hultafors Group AB which is in turn a business area wholly owned by Swedish Investment AB Latour.  I have a Fisco Pro-Flex and it is a really good tape measure at a reasonable price.  I also have a Fisco Un-Vision tape measure. I note their tape measures, whilst still made in England, are now marked Hultafors Fisco rather than just Fisco.

Fisco Pro-Flex tape measure. Made in England.

Fisco Pro-Flex tape measure. Made in England.

Big T tape measure by Fisco. Made in England

Big T tape measure by Fisco. Made in England

A vintage Fisco Uni-Vision 3m 10ft tape measure. Made in England. Photograph by author.

Rabone Chesterman (a company resulting from the 1963 merger of Rabone of Birmingham and Chesterman of Sheffield), maker of spirit levels and rules, of Whitmore St, Birmingham, were sold to Stanley in 1989. Rabone had previously acquired Dean Tape measures, the main British maker of non-metallic tape measures for the haberdashery trade, in 1986. In 1989, Stanley Tools purchased the assets of Rabone Chesterman from Bardsey PLC.  Since then, the name and the name Dean have disappeared from their product lines.

Vintage Rabone Chesterman Handiflex 3.5meter/12′ Tape Measure. Metric and Imperial. Made in England.

VINTAGE STEEL RULE IMPERIAL/ METRIC 6" MADE IN ENGLAND (1)

VINTAGE STEEL RULE IMPERIAL/ METRIC 6″ MADE IN ENGLAND.

I also found made in England tape measures branded Lion Heart on e-bay.

Does anyone know of other companies making tape measures in the UK?  What about sewing / tailor’s measuring tapes (Dean as far as I know no longer exist)?

Vintage Tape Measure with brass ends by Dean. Made in England

Vintage Tape Measure with brass ends by Dean. Made in England.

Woodworking tools, engineering tools, DIY tools, trade tools and equipment, glues, and other Tools

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