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  1. The history of Coalbrookdale foundry dates back all the way to 1572 when the land was passed to John Brooke who developed coal mining there on a substantial scale. A blast furnace was built at the site to produce iron, which blew up in 1703. It remained derelict until the arrival of Abraham Darby I in 1709. Abraham Darby I set about rebuilding the Coalbrookdale Furnace, using coke as the fuel. His business was that of an iron founder, making cast iron pots and other goods, an activity in which he was particularly successful because of his patented foundry method, which enabled him to produce cheaper pots than his rivals. The furnace was the first coke-fired blast furnace to operate successfully for a prolonged period of time. The Coalbrookdale Foundry – this area has since been converted into a museum Following the death of Abraham Darby II, Abraham Darby II was brought into the business as an assistant manager when old enough. The Company also became early suppliers of steam engine cylinders in this period. Experiments took place with the application of coke pig iron to the production of bar iron in charcoal finery forges. This proved to be a success, and led to the beginning of a great expansion in coke iron making. In 1768, the company began to produce the first cast iron rails for railways. In 1778, Abraham Darby III undertook the building of the world’s first cast iron bridge, the iconic Iron Bridge, opened in 1780. The fame of this bridge leads many people today to associate the Industrial Revolution with the neighbouring village of Ironbridge, but in fact most of the work was done at Coalbrookdale, as there was no settlement at Ironbridge in the eighteenth century. Workers boots hung on the front gate The blast furnaces were closed down, perhaps as early as the 1820s, but the foundries remained in use. The Coalbrookdale Company became part of an alliance of iron founding companies who were absorbed by Allied Iron founders Limited in 1929. This was in turn taken over by Glynwed which has since become Aga Foodservice. Castings for Aga Rayburn cookers were produced at Coalbrookdale until its closure in November 2017. Delivery yard, where the raw materials and scrap iron arrive One of the two cupolas, seen from the melt shop delivery yard Archive image of molten iron being taken from the cupola Number 1 cupola. This mini blast furnace melted the iron ready to be cast. Number 2 furnace Above the furnaces Compressors which blew air into the cupolas Rear of the furnaces Ladles hanging from an overhead rail system for transporting molten iron One of the ladles Moving into the casting area where we find racks of moulds Patterns laid out on the floor Patterns laid out on the floor The main casting shop contains a fair bit of automated casting equipment Beside the production line with wagons on rails for transporting castings Casting production line Casting production line End of the casting line Casting machine, where the molten iron is pored into Archive image of molten iron being poured into cast Automated production lines Automated production lines Tanks and conveyors Towards the end of the factory we find more machinery Forklift trucks Cherry picker Extraction hoods in an old part of the site The workshops shop contained a handful of machines Dress in the machine shop A pair of drills More drill-presses Finally, some of their finished products – an Aga in the canteen along with a Rangemaster fridge
  2. So after collecting Mookster Early/Mid Morning from Bicester Village, we set off up the M40/M1 to a lovely location 103 miles north in Derby. We arrived and made our way in only to have our morning ruined prematurely by a Council Worker. We decided to just head off to our back up location which was trashed beyond trashed; yet wonderfully photogenic, especially those windows! In 1868, Alfred Seale Haslam bought the ‘Union’ foundry with only 20 men employed.abd despite a fire in 1873; he was always looking to expand. After much experimentation and expansion he started to produce dry-air refrigeration equipment. In 1880, the first refrigeration system was designed at this foundry. This breakthrough made it possible to import frozen food from Australia and South America. Not long after this; the first ground-breaking journeys that fruit and vegetables were being transported in refrigeration ships and cold storage plants installed at dockyards and major markets. Haslam also built a large numbers of good houses for his team over a period of 40 years, some set around the medieval common, which was established as a public park in the 1880s. Haslam became a very important figure locally. In 1890/1 he was elected Mayor of Derby and he also laid on an impressive reception for Queen Victoria, when she visited Derby to open the Derbyshire Infirmary. It is believed to have finally closed in the early 2000s and all development plans have proved unsuccessful. The rain was pretty heavy when we went inside and the sound inside the place was pretty insane! #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 Thanks All, More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157658874908534
  3. Myself and Landie Man set off to Derbyshire in search of industrial derpiness, and things didn't really go to plan. We got sprung by a nosey council worker clearing tree debris on what should have been one of the easiest of easy walk in explores so disheartened put the backup mode into full swing and headed south to this place not really knowing what to expect. I actually enjoyed it here more than I thought I would, it's stripped and has been a bit battered in comparison with reports on the place from seven or eight years back (no surprise there) but it had some interesting features to take photos of. Union Foundry, later Aida Bliss was built in 1840 beside the River Derwent to the north of the city. It closed some time around the early 2000s, and there was a housing development planned for the site but god knows what's going on with that now. There are a number of later light industrial units on site which we didn't bother with because meh, so ventured into the foundry in the pouring rain. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/albums/72157661216351655
  4. Hi! Some days ago I went back from Serbia. I didn't find here any repopts from that country, so I'll give you some information about abandoned places from there. The first place is the best maybe from the whole trip. It's an abandoned foundry. One part of it is easy to pass and not so interesting, another one is guarded. We were just about to enter when a guard noticed us. But he was friendly and after understanding that we are not gypsies let us pass. Echo of Soviet Jugoslavia. It was getting dark. After three hours inside we found a small door that led... to another part of the foundry, that was equal in size with that we were exploring! Such huge and nice place! Thank you for attention!
  5. History Castmaster Roll, which has operated for over one hundred years, is a former foundry and manufacturing firm located in Sheffield. It was originally known as Davy Roll, the producer of gas lamps, but was renamed in 2003 after it was taken over by Mel Farrar. Castmaster specialised in rollmaking and later became a specialist producer of rolls for the steel industry; for rod, bar, light and medium sections and billet, narrow strip and tube mill applications. Rolls were also produced for the non-ferrous and food processing industries. The company were proud to have supplied Reeling and Roller Straightening in a comprehensive range of steel, adamite, iron and special alloy grades, up to a maximum roll size of 1,150mm diameter by 4,300mm long, with a delivered weight of 12,000 kilos. By December 2014, administrators were forced to admit that the historic Sheffield foundry was in severe financial difficulty; they warned that the company would fall into administration in 2015. True to their word, Castmaster Roll was dissolved in the early months of 2015, with the loss of 78 jobs. It was revealed, in February 2015, that the firm owed more than £500,000 to creditors; over 140 local and national companies are still owed money in the wake of the collapse of the company and it remains uncertain whether any money will be returned to unsecure creditors. Many people were stunned that the company, which had been successful for many years, had managed to get into this position. Everyone in steel and manufacturing industry across Sheffield were even more shocked when Castmaster Roll was finally forced to close its doors forever. Castmaster Roll was one of the last remaining European suppliers of rolls in the UK Our Version of Events This little piece of Sheffield’s formerly booming steel industry only just recently came to my attention, despite having passed it on several occasions this year. It seems that even though the lights were on and the building appeared to be fully functioning, it has deceived everyone temporarily; it has been, for a little while now, abandoned. Regrettably, I was a little late for this one, as demolition has already begun – presumably to redevelop the area into industrial units, or as a base for another company – and some of its key features have been removed. However, there was still fun to be had and I feel that it was well worth a wander over. Although the machine shop has been entirely stripped and the foundry is slowly disappearing, the medical room, air-raid shelter, offices and washhouses are still in excellent condition, so there is certainly still plenty to see. *A special thanks is owed to ACID-REFLUX for this one; cheers for the heads up and being a detailed source of info. Castmaster Roll The Foundry High Voltage Areas The Machine Shop
  6. Germany Little foundry... - 08/2014

    1. Little foundry 01 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 2. Little foundry 02 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 3. Little foundry 03 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 4. Little foundry 04 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 5. Little foundry 05 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr
  7. 1. GießereiWestfalia01 von MiaroDigital auf Flickr 2. GießereiWestfalia02 von MiaroDigital auf Flickr 3. GießereiWestfalia03 von MiaroDigital auf Flickr 4. GießereiWestfalia04 von MiaroDigital auf Flickr 5. GießereiWestfalia05 von MiaroDigital auf Flickr 6. GießereiWestfalia06 von MiaroDigital auf Flickr 7. GießereiWestfalia07 von MiaroDigital auf Flickr 8. GießereiWestfalia08 von MiaroDigital auf Flickr 9. GießereiWestfalia09 von MiaroDigital auf Flickr 10. GießereiWestfalia10 von MiaroDigital auf Flickr
  8. A great place for detail pictures. Here some overviews... 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.
  9. Foundry - 2013

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  10. Myself and Jesus out on a nice countryside wonder to do a recce on this industrial beauty. Will head back very soon. Expect a BIG report For now, have some arty farty photos Hope you like
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