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Report - Aida Bliss Foundry, Derby - Nov '15

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Landie_Man, Nov 14, 2015.

  1. Landie_Man

    Landie_Man "Landie" or Harry :-)
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    So after collecting Mookster Early/Mid Morning from Bicester Village, we set off up the M40/M1 to a lovely location 103 miles north in Derby. We arrived and made our way in only to have our morning ruined prematurely by a Council Worker.

    We decided to just head off to our back up location which was trashed beyond trashed; yet wonderfully photogenic, especially those windows!

    In 1868, Alfred Seale Haslam bought the ‘Union’ foundry with only 20 men employed.abd despite a fire in 1873; he was always looking to expand. After much experimentation and expansion he started to produce dry-air refrigeration equipment. In 1880, the first refrigeration system was designed at this foundry. This breakthrough made it possible to import frozen food from Australia and South America.

    Not long after this; the first ground-breaking journeys that fruit and vegetables were being transported in refrigeration ships and cold storage plants installed at dockyards and major markets.

    Haslam also built a large numbers of good houses for his team over a period of 40 years, some set around the medieval common, which was established as a public park in the 1880s. Haslam became a very important figure locally.

    In 1890/1 he was elected Mayor of Derby and he also laid on an impressive reception for Queen Victoria, when she visited Derby to open the Derbyshire Infirmary.

    It is believed to have finally closed in the early 2000s and all development plans have proved unsuccessful.

    The rain was pretty heavy when we went inside and the sound inside the place was pretty insane!

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    Thanks All,

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  2. Speed

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    Really must stick my nose in there!
     
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