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Parnall Scales, Greenmeadow Community Farm. Cwmbran 23 May 2015

Parnall Scales, Greenmeadow Community Farm. Cwmbran  23 May 2015
Agricultural scales manufactured by Parnall & Sons of Bristol.

Parnall & Sons started up in 1820 in Bristol, initially making weights and measures. They then expanded into shop equipment and fitting. By the 1880s they were the largest shop fitting company in England, with a scales works at their foundry in Fishponds, Bristol, and branches in London and Swansea. Scales production was ceded in 1899 to WT Avery. Parnall's produced high end fitting out of ships, hotels and shops, fitting out liners like the QE2 in the 1960s. In WW1 they produced aeroplanes and seaplanes and in WW2, aircraft components. In 1979 they were bought out by GEC, but in 1991 after a couple of serious fires, the company went into receivership ending its 170 year history in Bristol. The factory was demolished in 1992.

Greenmeadow Community Farm, once private, was taken over by the local council and, for many years leased to a tenant farmer. Today it is council run as a Community Farm. Unfortunately, many traces of the adjacent Cwmbran Colliery were erased in the process of establishing the farm.