Smethwick, West Midlands

In Smethwick, a western suburb of Birmingham, the Avery Berkel company of weighing machine makers has a museum of weights and measuring devices going back to 4000 BCE. They are the successors of W. & T. Avery, who took over James Watt and Co., who were the successors of Boulton & Watt, whose Soho Foundry was here. [Martyn Halsall, "Weighing hi-tech and family tradition", The Guardian (24 Dec 1996) 16]

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