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STANTON INSTRUMENTS LTD
WORLD LEADERS IN BALANCE DESIGN AND 
WEIGHT MAKING BETWEEN 1946 AND 1968

Albert William Harrington

16 July 1916 - 27 February 1998

1916

Born 16th July 1916 in Edmonton?, North London. Educated at Latymer’s School, Edmonton, via a scholarship.

1930

Joined E.W. Mann, sci. instr. maker, 61 Farringdon Road, EC1, on a four—year apprenticeship, straight from school.

1934

Few months living rough in West Country; lifeguard at Torquay.

1934

Joined De Grave Short, Peckham, as trainee in Small Beams.

c1935

Move to Oertling section; fast progress to foreman, balance assembly.

1936

Picked to swim for GB in Olympics; but his employres would not release him.

1939

Married Ena Bridges.

c1942

Began making balances in his garden shed, working out his ideas on construction. At some unknown date this grew into commercial making, selling through H M Stanley. Still employed at Oertling!

1939-

1945

Heavily involved in MOD work on the basis of his expertise in precision weighing. Therefore no active military service. After the war on a BIOS team in Germany. Many links established in this time with research and science establishments.

1946

August; set up Stanton Instruments Ltd. (SI), with H M Stanley. Exact date of leaving Oertling unknown; by then foreman fine balance repairs @ No. 23 Charterhouse Street, beneath the De Grave Short showroom.

1946

(Or early ‘47) moved into two shops at 15 Morden Court Parade.

1947

May; on a second BIOS team in Germany with H M Stanley.

1948

Early; moved to Church Road, Upper Norwood.

1968

12th Nov.; Entire Stanton group sold to Avery for £226,995-6—0.  Bert remained as managing director.

1971

Bert resigned from board, and founded ITM Ltd at Colby Mews.

c1975

Retired (ITM closed?). Dedicated rest of his life to family and sport (tennis).

1981

Death of Ena.

1995

Moved to Bridport.

1998

Died 27st. February, aged 81.

I am indebted to Anne Davies, Joan Godefroid, Margaret Harrington and Barry Oliver for providing and compiling much of the above information.