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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 Ã¢â‚¬Å“Integral Electric DriveÃ¢â‚¬Â 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 WadkinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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/
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!