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CVA Drawing Office c.1952

CVA Drawing Office c. 1952
From the private collection of Jack Galway

Developed after WWII

This photo shows the CVA Drawing Office in Crowhurst Road Hollingbury soon after it opened in 1952. Its main function was the design of press tools and associated equipment used on the CVA Dieing Presses, which can be seen here. The CVA Dieing Press was developed just after WWII at the Kemp Town factory in Upper St. James’s Street, which can be seen here.  The Drawing Office was opposite the factory in premises on the corner of Charlotte Street.

Opened in 1952

When the new factory at Hollingbury opened in 1952, production of the Dieing Press and the Drawing Office was moved to the new modern facilities. Its interesting to see the large size of the drawing boards, and the huge board at the far end.  Because the Dieing Presses were large machines, large scale drawings were a requirement to provide detail. The other very interesting point is the view northwards out of the window onto Crowhurst Road, with the Underwood Business Machines factory in the distance.  Information about Underwood Business Machines at Hollingbury can be found here.  

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  • Thanks for another installment and photo of the history of CVA, Peter. After looking at this photo I took time out as I passed the building on Crowhurst Road to see the location of the old drawing office, I saw the old CVA No.2 factory has a ‘sold’ sign, I wonder who has purchased the building from the Argus?

    By Michael Brittain (17/10/2016)
  • Factory No. 2 is soon to be demolished to make way for a new Jaguar & Land Rover showroom and workshops. We’re just in the process of drawing everything up. It’s sad to see how much engineering skill and history has been lost in the area. My own Grandad worked for Allen West as an electrical engineer after WW2 when he returned home.

    By Matthew (19/10/2017)
  • Thanks Mat,t I guess it’s not too bad as it lasted 65 years, however there were quite a few where it was empty and unused, shame. I’ll have to get some final photos.

    By Peter Groves (21/10/2017)

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