Established in 1921
Bleeco, St Martin’s Place, was founded in 1921 in Brighton by Ernest Henry Heaps; he remained its managing director until his retirement in 1961 (when the firm then was taken over by Haven Foundries, Newhaven). They had a contract to modernise the lighting in the town. A range of fittings for Brighton’s street lighting was installed and the company went from strength to strength. Bleeco columns, brackets and lanterns were installed across the UK and Ireland. There are many fine examples of the above that can be found on Wikipedia.
A first for Brighton
In 1927 Ernest Heaps designed and erected the first electrically operated semaphore traffic signals in the UK at the junction of West Street and Kings Road. I do not know where or when the outdoor ‘works’ photograph shown below was taken. During WWII the factory was employed on munitions production; the following pictures taken inside the factory in St Martin’s Place. were during this period The picture with the flags and bunting may have been around VE Day?