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After a nice long drive we finally found this place. History - The factory itself was owned by Sir Frank Whittle, who was born on the 1st of June 1907 and died in august 9 1996. he was a royal air force officer who was accredited for single handily inventing the turbojet engine, although the first actually working engines weren't invented until some years later. Frank had a long career in the RAF and through work related stress issues had mental breakdowns and eventually retire and received a knighthood and going to work for shells oil company as a engineering specialist. he later immigrated to the USA and in 1976 he accepted a position as a NAVAIR research professor of the naval academy. in 2002 he was nominated as the 42nd greatest Briton which after reading about him I would say I agree with. The company itself was founded on January 27th 1936. over the years the company moved to several locations in the uk and on march 28th 1944 frank Whittle was persuaded by the air ministry to nationalise the company and become Power Jets LTD. after the second world war the company was merged with the Turbine Division of the royal aircraft establishment to form the royal gas turbine establishment.
hamtagger posted a topic in Industrial LocationsFrank Whittle's Factory The Explore Marking the end of a long days', mostly successful moochathon in Leicester last year. An easy target, and in its current state was a challenge to capture a photo or ten for a report. Anyway, it was nice to walk on ground where history was made in this little town of Whetstone. First time I've had to take out the editing wand and I hope you like the resulting images from a quiet days processing in work. Visited in the excellent company of Matt_Inked, Session9 and Catbalou. The History Whetstone was the site of Frank Whittle's factory, where jet engines were developed. Babcock Services, ITP Engines Ltd and Converteam now occupy a nearby live site, with smaller companies renting space in the area too. The site of the Whittle factory became the English Electric Company (Later GEC) a significant part of several Nuclear power stations were made there in the 1960s and 70s. English Electric was one of the largest Engineering Companies in the Leicester area, employing thousands of workers and training hundreds of apprentices each year. At one point more than 4,000 workers had to beshipped in from Middlesex to help labour shortages and many settled permanently causing a boom in the late 60s. The computer performance measurement called the "Whetstone" was developed by English Electric at the factory and takes its name from the local village. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. The place is what some might call "fooked", and it definitely is just that. The world-changing developments that occurred on these grounds, and it's left here to get trashed...
Matt Inked posted a topic in Industrial LocationsFrom the outside (And pretty much inside too) this is the most undesirable place I have explored. The factory is trashed, full of Asbestos, radiation and grafitti. But it was easy to do and it ticks another place off the list. Visited with Hamtagger, Session9 and Catbalou History Lesson In a small town outside of Leicester lies a little known secret, the factory that developed the jet engine. Whetstone was the site of Frank Whittle‘s factory, where jet engines were developed. Babcock Services, ITP Engines Ltd and Converteam now occupy the site, with smaller companies renting space (mainly for storing commercial vehicles). Until 2002 the site still sounded an air raid siren at 8am to wake up workers. The site of the Whittle factory became the English Electric Company (Later GEC) a significant part of several Nuclear power stations were made there in the 1960s and 70s. English Electric was one of the largest Engineering Companies in the Leicester area, employing thousands of workers and training hundreds of apprentices each year. At one point more than 4,000 workers had to be shipped in from Middlesex to help labour shortages and many settled permanently causing a boom in the late 60s. The computer performance measurement called the “Whetstone” was developed by English Electric at the factory and takes its name from the town On with the pictures This was quite off-putting A car wheel, casually sitting in a chair I have no idea where these lead to, just that it was flooded. And I didn't fancy getting wet. Someone clearly needed some new light bulbs This must have taken a while to do Just a stapler This worker had a softcore porn cupboard door. Horny bastard In Case Of Fire "Shove Fire Hose In Window" I'm guessing this guy was pretty "Norty" in School, he seemed to have failed his English tests. Not the trongest of floors, I could feel it dipping beneath my feet. A crane from the 80's Some boring stairs with no bannister Thanks for taking time to read my report. This factory was pretty boring, every room looked the same but the history behind it is interesting.