Pelham Puppets.

With some changes to the atrocious grammar, I took this directly from Wiki as it is quite thorough:

Pelham Puppets were first made in the United Kingdom from 1947 onwards under the title Wonky Toys Ltd. The company changed its name in 1948 to the now better known Pelham Puppet brand. Mainly known for making marionettes, the company also manufactured glove puppets, rod puppets and ventriloquist puppets.

The factory was initially based in Marlborough, Wiltshire and a fire in 1961 created a hiatus during manufacture and led to new ranges being introduced and old lines being stopped. The factory was rebuilt and grew in size on the same location until it was sold and moved in 1985 to Collingbourne Ducis also in Wiltshire and then again sold and moved to Gloucestershire in the early 1990s but went into liquidation in 1993. In 2008 the Pelham Puppet company was revived by a former employee, David Leech of the original factory and now produces a new line of Pelham Puppets some echoing former styles and new characters also. The official website is: http://www.pelhampuppets.uk.com

The name “Pelham” is taken from the creator Bob Pelham who was the founder of the company. After his death in 1980  his wife Ann Pelham  continued with the business until 1986.

There are many ranges in Pelham Puppets but the main ones are The LS range 12 inch puppets with half wooden ball feet, wooden heads and waxed string holding the parts together. The SS range is similar to the LS range but with wooden toggle feet and screw eyes holding the body together. The SL range are made usually with molded heads and held together with either string or screw eyes. The SM range have moving mouths usually made from larger wooden balls for heads, but some have molded heads. There was the JC range, a smaller simpler puppet intended for younger children. The Jumpette range are smaller puppets, simpler and intended for infants and toddlers. The A or Animal range are usually nonanthropomorphic versions of animals. The Minipup a range of smaller animal puppets.

Pelham Puppets also made puppets to order for the professional market and have been used by various companies in their shows.

An adorable cat for sale on Alvin’s Vintage Games and Toys.

Hansel, made in 1976.

A terrific dragon.

1980’s Snow White set.

Oogie, from the Uncle Floyd Show, was aPelham Puppet.

The Pelpoppets, a darling little group of musicians produced by the Pelham factory at the height of Beatlemania. These are from the personal collection of David Leech and more can be learned about them from his website.

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3 comments

  1. Hello,
    Are you interested in purchasing Pelham Puppets? I will auction a stage with about 5 puppets on New Years Day. You can see a picture at Lawsonsauction.com. Let me know if you are interested.

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