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  1. Wadkins Woodworking The Explore An early start as usual, even earlier for some and after collecting Matt_inked we made our way down to Leicester to scoop up Session9. Then onwards to our primary objective and met with Catbalou at our pre-arranged location. After introductions and a chin-wag we got down to business and made our infil into our desired moochylum. Entry was successful, through jaggedy and nettley jungle terrain (a machete would've been handy). Approx 1 minute 47 seconds later we were being escorted off site by Mr. Hi-Viz WE WILL BE BACK! So, onwards and upwards. We jumped in my car and headed in search for Wadkins. Unfortunately my Sat Nav must've decided to smoke some crack while we were busy getting busted and it sent us on a mystery tour of Leicester, but eventually we found the place and parked up. After a while sussing out the place for entry we finally succeeded, almost minus a nipple or two on my part, and spent a good few hours exploring this not-so-reported-on site. Special thanks to the secca man watching ladies tennis in his office for failing to spot us from about two feet away and to Cat for spotting him first before I walked right past his self-loving chariot. A quieter exit was swiftly made and on to the next place.... History (robbed mostly from Matt Inked cheers) In 1897 John Wadkin founded the company alongside his brother in law Mr W Jarvis. The company was formed following 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 titled this machine, "a pattern milling machine". After a while Mr Wadkin realised his brother in law was a bit of a bell-end and left the company. Mr Jarvis had secretly thought the same after an experience at a recent bukakke/reacharound party and was relieved that he could now recruit his gay lover Mr Wallace Goddard with the intention to expand the business. This paragraph is just a test to see who actually reads the history part. Mr Jarvis became acquainted with a Greek gentleman by the name of Ionades who invented an advanced carburettor. General Motors in the US confirmed that they were interested and invited Mr Jarvis for a meeting to discuss, which led to Mr Jarvis booking a place on the Titanic as a means of travel and the disastrous result that he went down with the ill-fated liner. This left Mr Wallace Goddard with a business in Leicester and no-one to run it. Luckily he had a son that took charge and this continued until 1927 when Mr J Wallace passed away. The 1914-1918 war saw the Government ask Wadkin for help to develop a machine that could turn out wooden propellers for the R.A.F. at a high-speed rate. Throughout the 1930's Wadkin extended their range and entered the high technology market and began making larger, high production woodworking machines such as moulders and double ender machines. (Every household should have a good ‘double ender’ machine haha) The first Wadkin numerically controlled machine was produced in 1956 and the machine proved to be successful and generated much interest from the industry. From the 1990's Wadkin recognised the need to develop back up service support to its machine customers, and developed a nationwide network of engineers in developing its customer response team, which still stands today offering support 365 days a year. Since this, Wadkin have been at the forefront of development and have been named the first British business to be accredited as a learning company by UK Woodchain. In 2010 following the liquidation of Wadkin Limited, the intellectual propert 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.... Yes, a large amount of text for the history section of this report but worth having a read if you have the time. An example of what once was at the pinnacle of world-leading British engineering... The Pictures... 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Nice of them to leave the lights on for us in the last two pics I have pictures of the office area and roof but they have been covered already. As always, thanks for looking and feedback always welcome
  2. 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/
  3. The other part of my end of year jaunt with Landie and a non member. After a fail at another site close by we got lucky and received word from MD that this place was doable so we hot footed it here against the failing afternoon light - the lack of light eventually winning out so we called it a day. History stolen from MD's 2011 report. This place is seriously weird, it's obviously derped yet in a lot of the site the electricity, water, heating and lighting all still works, this includes the roller shutters inside parts of the factory floor as well! As the failing light won out we missed a few bits so a revisit is needed in the new year. More photos here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157639121390116/ That rounds up 2013 for me folks, it's been a good year!
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