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    Default Oilite Barings - Elton Park Works


    Oilite Bearings produced self-lubricating bearings and sintered components for more than 70 years.

    For many years it was part of Manganese Bronze Holdings, best known for making London's iconic black taxi's. In 2003 the components division was sold to BSA Holdings, which went into administration in 2006, and Oilite Bearings became a stand-alone company.

    The company continued to make bearings on site untill 2008 when they again went into administration. The name and all of the equipment was bought by a firm called Bowman a UK based competitor, though its not clear if they are still producing in the UK.





    Forties Factory



    Works Lab






    Paperwork and Photos





    Empty Works





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    This is fantasic Reaperman. If i was there i would have perfoned some cool experiment with them chemicals. Its hard to believe that these are still intact.

    It's all over.

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    Nice work chap, always good to see an unsmashed lab, like the one at Bridon wireworks used to be.....

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    I like that Lab a lot. Sort of reminds me of Dr Frankensteins Lab.
    And a dreadful thing from the cliff did spring. And its wild bark thrilled around. His eyes had the glow of the fires below. Twas the form of the Spectre Hound. 'Ha' yer fa'r got a dickey, bor?' 'Yis, an' he want a fule ter roide 'im, will yew cum?'

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    A few more pictures:

    Amenity Block




    Medical Room



    Dated



    TV Room






    Canteen









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    Crikey! I have some of those bearings on my lathe!

    Another part of our industrial heritage gone down the pan eh?

    I wonder what parts they supplied to Rover??

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    Very nice work, it seems remarkably intact :)

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    Ooooooooh love the forties part of the factory, and loving that lab. So much stuff in there still left. In fact, I'm surprised there's so many things still left all over the place. Excellent find and excellent pics. I do like this. :)

    :) Sal
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    A breath of fresh air this fella...is this site related to your other with the steering wheel machines?

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    Quote Originally Posted by klempner69 View Post
    A breath of fresh air this fella...is this site related to your other with the steering wheel machines?
    PM sent. :)

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