Landmark Topping Out Ceremony at Historic British Timken Site

Timken Grange holds it’s official Topping Out Ceremony on Friday 22nd September.


Home Manager Rachel Cadd joined Deputy Mayor Tony Ansell with  founding directors Andrew Long and Chris Babington in the tradition of selecting the last remaining tile to seal the construction.

The topping out ceremony reflects the ancient practice of celebrating the bedding of the last brick or tile of a new building to ward off any unwanted spirits which may have been displaced during its construction.

The brand-new home is being built on the site of the historic British Timken factory.  Key associates and several former employees of the former British Timken Company and Duston’s Local History Society kindly attended the ceremony to join in and contribute to the ceremony.

The event itself was blessed with great weather which made for a wonderfully bright and warm day.  It was the icing on the cake for such a warm and cheerful gathering of like minded people with such strong and positive connections with Timken.

Former employees included Dennis Nightingale and Peter Martin who between them worked at Timken for over 90 years as well as Richard Aubrey and Graham Hillyer.  It was fitting that their reuniting was at a new building under the name of Timken.

Andy North of Duston Local History Society said “It’s wonderful to be see such engagement between the home and the local people of Duston and Northampton for whom Timken was such a large part of their lives”

Lucille Knapp, daughter of Ronnie Knapp who was Managing Director of British Timken and Timken Europe points out key areas of the former site.