For all communications with David Hodgson, please leave a comment on one of the posts on this site (or below). All comments are moderated, so I will see your details before they appear publicly.

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  1. Hi David, Just a quick note to say that I stumbled across your blog looking for history of Swifts of Scarborough. Swifts was purchased by Wiremold, then by Legrand,then by Schneider, then back to Legrand. Something to do with monopolies and mergers. Your bungalow was demolished in 2008 as it was unused and starting to become a risk. I could never imagine someone living there, let alone working in there. We are still going strong but functions only as a manufacturing site now, employing about 100 people. All ancillary functions have been centralised in Birmingham. The Richmond site no longers features in our portfolio. I have a lot of historical photos relating back to the days of Swifts as well as catalogues and medals which I dug out of a skip when the marketing director left the business. He clearly didn’t value the history of the place. This message was more to get in touch rather than it be reproduced on your blog, but you have my email address now if you want further information.


    1. Thanks for the information, Neil. When I photographed the “Bungalow” in 2007, there were already holes in the roof, so I guessed that it wouldn’t be standing much longer! If you post any of your Swifts-related photos anywhere on the web, please send me a link so I can add it to my page on this blog. Regards, Dave


    1. Hi Richard: Thanks for your interest. While I’d be happy for you to use my photo in your book, with appropriate credit, I’m not sure that I can supply a higher quality version of it. The photo in the article was scanned from an old print, and I’m not sure whether I still have the negative. I will check this weekend and let you know. Dave
      Update 11/12/18: I checked my negative archive at the weekend, and unfortunately cannot locate this film. The negative may still exist elsewhere but it may take some time to find it.


      1. Hi David, Thanks for the permission, if you could still keep looking that would be great – I’m not in a rush at the moment – I’m planning to put the first cut together June 2019.


  2. Hello David,

    I came across your web site while searching for photographs of Eastgate Crossing signal box on the Forge Valley Line. I am the author and am currently in the process of re-working that web site, which hasn’t really had an update for over 10 years. I would be very grateful if you would be willing to grant permission to use some of your photos on my web site – full photo credit would be included of course.

    kind regards


    1. Hi Ian:
      Thank you for contacting me. You are welcome to make use of my photos on your web site with credit, as you suggested. You probably saw that I linked to your web site on one of my pages. Regards, David


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