Bob Madeley remembers rats in the Pattern Shop in the late 1930s
And how the Pattern Makers dealt with them...
In this short clip, Bob remembers seeing huge rats in the Pattern Shop. He remembers that the pattern makers had tried to get rid of them with poison and conventional traps, but with no success.
So the pattern makers decided to create a new trap. It was a box with a hinged metal floor designed so that when the rat stood on it, the movement of the floor would complete the electrical circuit and the rat would get electrocuted. It was very successful but they soon realised that they might electrocute themselves too! So they soon abandoned it.
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