I was recently remembering Ray Clarke and Bill Martin, was it 40 Moorland Road, Weston? I used to see Ray sometimes when picking up parts from our local wholesaler in Bristol. Many of the local club riders from the Bristol area had his frames.
In the late 40's to early 50's they built mainly bronze welded, Bill was an artist with the torch, and unlike some others, used a huge flame about 6 inches long, and produced the finished joint without needing any further reheating or filing. He had one alignment tool which he made, a tee square with 2 vertical pins and a pointed end. This was all he needed to build frames, particularly bronze welded. There were also lugged frames.
It was Bill Martin who reckoned to true up wood rims with a wood chisel, I always preferred a more traditional approach.
When Ray Clarke finished Bill went to Gardiners in Bristol welding aluminium window frames, using his huge flame. A true artist with it.
Thanks Keith - Thats extemely interesting and a lovely bit of detail, I really appreciate that. It was 44 Moorland road, Weston (now a launderette), I know that as its on the headbadge. This is a lugged frame the guy had from new. He said it originally had chrome lugs and was a Cambridge blue with a white bands on the seat and head tubes, lugs picked out in dark blue - Looking to get it back to how it would have been as it was repainted in the 60's I beleive - Many Thanks again for the insight and if you think of anything else I'd be glad to hear it!