Sterling Cable Company

Sterling Cables advert - 'Electrical and Radio Trading' magazine September 1953 (source:

Sterling Cable Company Limited was formed in 1948 from the merger of two previous manufacturers, one based in Warrington and one in Enfield. In the same year the company bought the Strange & Sons Brewery site at Aldermaston Wharf (now Swan Drive & Kingfisher Close) and transferred their Enfield operations. In 1958 the business expanded by leasing the site to the north of the canal that is now Heron Way and Mallard Way, and opened a further factory in Newbury in 1960 on the site of the former gas works. The Aldermaston site manufactured a wide range of cables for industry, with applications in oil rigs, airports and shipping (including supplying cables for the QE2 when it was built in the 1960s). After a series of mergers and ownership changes, the company became Sterling Greengate Cable Company Ltd in 1982, and was sold in 1990 to BICC (now Balfour Beatty). By this time the Aldermaston site was loss-making, relatively low output and had limited scope for expansion, so operations were transferred to other BICC sites and the factory closed.

(Image republished with kind permission of Grace’s Guide to British Industrial Heritage

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  • I worked in the wages department 1966/1967 with Mr Burgess in charge. Can remember the clock cards and helping make up the wages weekly in cash !

    By Heather Driver (19/06/2023)
  • My colleagues at St Albans Signalbox preservation trust have inherited the old railway signal (double armed on a wooden post) that used to sit at the wire works gate wall, they are after any photos or information on how this was worked, any information would be brilliant if anyone has any

    By Dominic beglin (22/05/2023)
  • I met my wife there in 1957. We both worked there.

    By John Lanham (08/04/2023)
  • I worked at Sterling Cables Aldermaston 1967-1969. Where’s the mention of the part they played in designing the cables for the moonshot and landing on the moon? We worked with people from NASA too.

    By Carol Bryson (06/04/2023)
  • Love to know if the Boss, Pat was still about. I loved working at Stirling Cables on the reception when I left the Wrens. It was brilliant 😊

    By Jan Cockeram (24/02/2023)
  • I believe Surrey County Cricket Club sent players each year (1940s and 1950s, I think) to play on the Sterling Cables ground at Aldermaston. I have various autographs collected at one of these games but I have no idea if the date.

    By Steve Deacon (09/12/2022)

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