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    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.

    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" The partnership was not successful and Mr Wadkin eventually left the company. Mr Jarvis then acquired the help of Mr Wallace Goddard with the intention to expand the business.
    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. After the war the demand for woodworking machinery was at a tremendous upsurge.
    In the 1920's the development of the integral electric drive led to the introduction of more efficient types of woodworking machines. Wadkin pioneered high production machines that operated at much higher speeds than before and had better finished woodwork.
    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.
    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....
    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.



























    Outside were some abandoned cars which as per forum rules I can't post on here but they and some more factory photos are viewable here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie4...7639121390116/ :)

    That rounds up 2013 for me folks, it's been a good year!
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    Smashing report!! Not seen this place before.

    What's with the blue brick floor in the warehouse lifting like that? Weird!

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    Great atmospheric shots here. One can almost feel the hive of industry it once was. Must read the forum rules about abandoned cars though. Must be a reason for it.
    A glooming peace, this morning with it brings. The sun for sorrow dare not show its face

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    Pilot.... Scrap metal theft is the main reason for it...... And understandably this site is not going to be responsible for the feed of that information to those that choose to steal.
    I posted a report of abandoned cars and was not disappointed to find out why the report was not accepted.
    Hope that makes sense. :)

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    Looks like the machinery was torn from the floor,ace shots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyboys90 View Post
    Looks like the machinery was torn from the floor,ace shots.
    Sounds pretty suggestible.. Cheers :)

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    Very nice indeed.

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