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Chance's Glassworks, Machine Workshop, Spon Lane South, Smethwick, West Midlands

Chance's Glassworks, Machine Workshop, Spon Lane South, Smethwick, West Midlands
Photograph taken Jul 1920 © Reproduced by permission of Historic England Archive ref: BL25035_001

An interior view of a large workshop at the Chance Brothers' glass works, showing workers at various types of machinery used in the glassmaking and finishing processes. The glassworks was established in the early nineteenth century, and produced window, optical and specialist glass of all kinds, including window glass for the Houses of Parliament in London. This photograph was taken for the Sturtevant Engineering Co Ltd, who created fans and air conditioning systems, which may have been installed in the Chance Bros' factory.