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Formed in 1864 when Samuel Russell moved to Leicester from Loughborough, the brass and iron foundry based its head office, engineering and foundry operations on Bath Lane in Leicester.The company later became S. Russell & Sons when his two sons joined the firm in 1881. As the company expanded, 1920 saw the opening of a further works in Bonchurch Street in the Woodgate area of Leicester. The Bonchurch Street foundry produced medium-sized castings, weighing 30-100kg primarily for the hydraulics and rail industries. The Bonchurch Street foundry was taken over by Chamberlin & Hill Castings in 2004 and S. Russell & Sons were dissolved the following year. By 2016 demand for the products produced at the foundry had dwindled, and management announced it would be closing by the end of that year. Furnaces Starting where the raw materials and scrap metal arrive, the furnaces would melt it all down ready to be poured into moulds The three electric furnaces Looking across the furnaces with incoming scrap area to the right The tiniest control room I've ever seen This rather nice control panel was set to one side of the furnaces Inductotherm control panel Casting and moulding This is where the molten metal is cast in moulds Floor mould for larger castings Hand mould shop Hand mould shop Handling and Blast Cleaning The next stage of the process is to cool and open up the moulds and then clean up the castings Moving through to the handling area Sand and dust processing Hunter HV Turntable Hunter HV mould handling machine Hunter HV mould handling machine Continuous Tumblast cleaning machine Beside the CT3 View towards offices Roller conveyors Roller conveyors with boxes for moving castings Roller conveyors with boxes for moving castings A large area was dedicated to shotblasting Shotblasting machine Core Shop The core shop is where cores are machined. The cores create voids or spaces inside the castings, and are often destroyed in order to remove them when opening the moulds. Eurocor machines in the core shop Eurocor Corjob-H16 Inside the core machine Machining area Area for manual machining of cores Racking with a few cores Shelves of cores Core store room Finishing and Dispatch The building housing the heat treatment, finishing and dispatch facilities was a later addition, one of the last buildings to be built on the site. Heat treatment area Kiln for heat treatment Finishing workstation The finished product, although these castings were rejects Workshops As well as the production areas, there were a number of workshops to support the main functions of the factory The main workshop was crammed full with machines Main workshop Main workshop 1922-45 regulations still on display Items in office Old office with various items Bathhouse and Office Block The bathhouse was quite an old building, with a few features remaining. Unfortunately nice skylights and features in the offices had been covered by suspended ceilings. Bathhouse showers Locker room Small lab Externals Main buildings Repton Street elevation Ghost sign revealing the buildings origins as S. Russell & Sons Ltd, Ironfounders
Ok peep's moving away from the schools for a while, we had a mooch around this place and to say it was dirty would be an understatement An iron foundry in North Hykeham, with a production capacity of approximately 80,000 tonnes of castings annually, they manufactured high quality iron casting components in nodular and grey iron for the international automotive, tractor and construction machinery industries. It closed in 2007