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  1. The Visit Having tried this place a few times over the past six months we managed to get into the technical centre a few weeks back and returned determined to finish what we had started and see the office buildingds as well. After some tricky access we managed a nice 3 hour explore but missed secca by a mere 30 seconds. Literally as we got in the car outside the secca van arrived and opened the gates! Quite a lot of pics in this report as it covers both the office and technical factory sites The History Cincinnati Machine Tools was a world renowned manufacturer of milling machines. In the 1950's a large factory and modern headquarters was built alongside the canal at Erdington. The buildings are a striking post war modernist statement running along a traditional section of Birmingham waterway, with a single curved span concrete bridge connecting the main entrance to the opposite bank. The design has a particularly modern transatlantic feel when compared to many other contemporary industrial headquarters. So the office areas first The Directors HUGE office and attached penthouse apartment (even had a roof terrace BBQ) Conference Area Very creepy basement locker rooms and auditorium The Technical Factory Areas
  2. This place has now been turn in to an Airsoft building so tyres everywhere and not much else apart from the main door. History - What is now known as The Stanley Tools Factory, Sheffield was built in the 1850’s. At the moment it is derelict awaiting refurbishment. It is 100,000 Sq.ft in size and is spread over a 4 floor factory and a 2 floor office block. Stanley Tools took over from the Chapman Brace and Drill Factory in 1937. The site has been used as a film set recently and has also been used for zombie experiences due to the size of the location.
  3. This was a Sunday early morning visit with a non member and was a really nice place to go round. Sadly now part of the main bit has collapsed back in July - http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/castlefield-building-collapse-hulme-hall-9738136 History - The Excelsior Printing and Bookbinding Works was originally opened on the Monday 4th July 1870 and the owner at the time was Mr John Heywood. At the time when it was opened this place could take on upto 750 employees and was one of the largest of it kind. Clare Tooling Systems occupied the building around the late 80's early 90's.
  4. Explored with Inside the Prohibited & a non member. History Founded in 1836,the original factory was situated on Kelham Island, Sheffield, one of the oldest industrial areas in Sheffield and they specialised in forge filing and cutting tools for leather workers and shoe makers. In 1837 they were listed in the Sheffield directory as a file manufacture situated on Wheeldon Street. In 1852 they were to relocate to Cornish works and by this time they had increased there product range to include butchers knives and steel files. In 1883 George Barnsley was made a Master Cutler. They are again listed in 1944 as manufactures of files and blades shoe knives and leather workers tools. In the 1948 listing, the business had become George Barnsley and Son Ltd. The company finally ceased trading around 2004 The Explore Been attempting this so many times its unbelievable. First time i got it it was too dark, second time my camera was dead and the rest of the times have beeen general fails because the entry has been blocked. But anyway, finally got in with the ability to take some photos. Had a great time hanging around with Alex (Inside The Prohibited) this weekend, Nice to meet you mate Few more pics from the day; Thanks for looking
  5. This is the former William Ridgway Tools factory site. William Ridgway and Sons company of Sheffield, manufacturers of augers, bits, wood-boring and motorising tools, was founded in 1878 and became a Private company in 1909, these works were founded in the 1930s. William Ridgway Tools merged first of all with Record Tools in 1974 to form Record Ridgway Tools Ltd. Record were another Sheffield company who were renowned for the quality of their vices and industrial clamps. Following the merger Record Ridgway Tools Ltd was made up of 14 UK Companies with 5 overseas companies. A later merger with a woodwork tools company called Marple (which was part-owned by Record and Ridgeway respectively before their original merger) led to the company becoming known as Record Marples Tools. Record Marples was taken over by the Swedish hardware manafacturer AB Bahco in 1982. Despite a management buyout leading to the company reverting to British ownership in 1985 the company struggled financially and following administration was acquired by U.S. based Irwin Tools in 1998 who have since moved production to China in recent years. I explored this gaff with a non-member a couple of months back, to be honest there isn't much evidence of the old tool making business left, it's more of an art gallery now which is absolutely fine by me, especially given that some of Phlegm's best work is hidden in there It's a dirty old place with more pigeons than you can shake a stick at and there's a couple of cool rooftops to get up on. All in all a good wander for a couple of hours with some epic graffiti inside.
  6. So onto our next site, the Leicester Location A was a fail, so onto the next one we went too, the relatively undamaged tool workshop. John Wadkin founded Wadkins alongside his brother in law Mr W Jarvis in 1897. The company was formed after an idea to invent a machine that would be so versatile that it could carry out operations that were originally done by hand. John Wadkin decided to name this machine, "a pattern milling machine" The partnership was not successful and John eventually left the company. Mr Wallace Goddard then partnered up with Mr W Jarvis, with the intention to expand the business. Mr Jarvis was soon introduced to a Greek gentleman by the name of Ionades who invented an advanced carburettor. U.S. Based General Motors confirmed that they were interested and invited Mr Jarvis for a meeting to discuss his invention. Mr Jarvis booked a place on the Titanic as a means of travel and unfortunately passed away in the 1912 incident. Mr Wallace Goddard was now left with a business in Leicester and no-one to operate it. Fortunately, his son that took charge and this continued until 1927 when Mr J Wallace passed away. World War I saw the Government ask Wadkin for assistance in developing a machine that could produce wooden propellers for the R.A.F. at high-speed. After the war the demand for woodworking machinery was at a tremendous upsurge. In the 1920's the development of the “Integral Electric Drive†spurred the production of more efficient types of woodworking machines. Wadkin soon pioneered high production machines that operated at much faster speeds than before and the woodwork was of higher quality. Throughout the 1930's Wadkin’s range extended and entered the high technology market and began building larger, high production woodworking machines such as moulders and double ender machines. The first numerically controlled machine made by Wadkin was released in 1956 and the machine proved to be successful and generated much interest from the industry. By the 1990's; Wadkin saw the need to develop back up service support to its customers units, and developed a nationwide network of engineers in developing its customer response team, which still stands today offering support 365 days a year. Wadkin have been leaders in development and have been named the first British business to be accredited as a learning company by UK Woodchain. By 2010; Wadkin Limited were liquidated and the intellectual property rights were purchased by Nottingham based woodworking machinery distributors and manufacturers A L Dalton Ltd. This move brought together two long established woodworking machinery suppliers who have traded with each other for over 50 years and accumulated over 200 years experience in the industry between them. Light was not on our side, so this was a rather rushed explore which seems to have produced an unintended film effect on most of my shots. More At: http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157639149865056/with/11625557976/
  7. 2013: Probably Converted 2012: This is nothing special to be honest, just an old Norton Tools factory in Hertfordshire. Not much info anywhere tbh. Thanks to Greg, AKA, Nothern_Ninja from 28 days for driving #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 More at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/collections/72157622673908716/
  8. S Tools (2012) 2013

    Evening Peeps and welcome to my take on this much visited site. It had been, like so many places, vaguely on my to do list. I went once before and the air soft chaps were around and I was in grumpy mood and was late in the day so couldn't be arsed and left. This occasion I was in the city to shoot street art and especially Phlegm examples - thanks to a certain someone for help on this - much appreciated sir. I figured ...meh lets go up th'ill and see if anyone around. There was a distinct lack of airsoft types but about 4-5 cars and a full length coach parked up on site. I can't be arsed with the history - place has been done to death I'm sure you can find the info elsewhere if you want it. The offices/admin side of the site isn't worth setting foot in but I really liked the factory side of the complex. so without further ado: - 1 - - 2 - - 3 - Some cracking views from the roofs - - 4 - - 5 - - 6 - - 7 - Even the pillars followed company corporate colours - - 8 - - 9 - Lots of street art that I really liked - - 10 - - 11 - - 12 - - 13 - - 14 - - 15 - - 16 - - 17 - - 18 - - 19 - - 20 - - 21 - Real signature , iconic product for the company this one - I remember my bro having one - - 22 - - 23 - - 24 - - more to follow .........

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