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

Henry Morton Stanley

05 May 1916 - 24 January 1999

   

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

1916

Born 5th May 1916 in Poplar, London E14.

1918–

War orphan, mother remarried, difficult childhood, taken in by his grandmother.

1930

Left Oban Street school, Poplar, aged 14.

1930

Joined Drivers, bookbinders, in Carter Lane, near St. Paul’s.

1932

Joined C. Stevens & Sons, scalemakers, 38 Goswell Road, ECl, as office boy, on Toc H reference after being turned down by Avery. Learnt scale and weight making unofficially.

1934

Set up as sole trader at 34 Moness St., working evenings and weekends, whilst still at Stevens.

1938

November; resigned from Stevens.

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Lordship Lane, Dulwich. (workshop; only one reference.)

1939

18th March; married Claudia Ostertag.

c1942

First proper premises:

28 Ramsden Road, Baiham, SW12. (office in basement flat)

lA Oldridge Road, Baiham, SW12. (works over yard entrance)

1945

Re-formed as H.M. Stanley (Scales and Weights) Ltd.

1946

c1946 moved to 172 Clerkenwell Road, EC1. (shop)

1947

May; on a BIOS team in Germany with Bert Harrington.

1950

April; moved to 14 Grasmere Avenue, SW19. (offices)

593 Kingston Road, Raynes Park, SW20. (works)

1954

August; moved to Burgess Hill, Sussex  (home over shop)

1957

May; opened purpose-built factory:

Rider Works, Victoria Gardens, Burgess Hill, Sussex.

1963

14th August; death of Claudia.

1965

Sold factory; worked from home thereafter.

1970

4th April; married Cheryl White from Jersey, Channel Islands.

1970

August; moved to Jersey (St. Helier), C.I. (business post address from here onwards)

1973

Moved to St. Clement.

1985

October; dissolved limited company: sole trader again.

1998

Still working late in year, in a very small way.

1999

Died 24th January, aged 82.

N.B. In August 1946 H M Stanley founded Stanton Instruments Ltd with Bert Harrington, ex—Oertling. That business was sold to Avery in November 1968. Therefore during the period 1946 to 1968 Stan was involved with two companies simultaneously. Further, he was a founding director of Reverifications Ltd in 1962, with Tony Wallis and Gus Fenton. Therefore in the period 1962 to 1968 he was involved with three companies simultaneously.