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Report - Cannon Industries, Coseley (West Midlands) July 2016

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Post-apocalyptic Pete, Jul 27, 2016.

  1. Post-apocalyptic Pete

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    Site History
    Site history partially taken from http://sedgleymanor.com/trades/cannon.html

    The Cannon Foundry was established in 1826. Located in Coseley, West Midlands. The Foundry specialised in the manufacture of household and general ironmongery. Cooking utensils became the business' main product, Cannon introduced its first gas cooker in 1895; the cookers achieved distribution through leading provincial and London gas companies who hired them to customers. The growing supply of domestic gas supply saw Cannon introduce its first gas fires shortly after the turn of the century.

    Cannon was purchased by GEC in 1963 and became part of General Domestic Appliances(joint venture company owned by GEC and GE of America) in 1987. In 1993, Cannon's manufacturing facility and offices moved to Blythe Bridge, Stoke-on-Trent.

    Following the closure of "The Cannon" much of the old foundry was demolished and rebuilt as the Cannon Business Park, where a large number of businesses still operate. However some of the outbuildings were listed and so were sold off as individual units. One such unit was sold to Chemical Reactor Services Ltd, a company specialising in repairs, servicing and maintenance for the petrochemical industry. However CRS was dissolved in 2007 and the building has been empty ever since.

    The visit
    A very relaxed evening search with no concerns and fairly easy access. The site has been derelict for such a long time that, as one would expect, several local scallies have "enjoyed" themselves in the building and there isn't a great deal left other than empty beer cans, broken bottles and used jonnies (How anyone could find the site alluring is beyond me!) Thankfully I didn't see any needles; I couldn't see any signs of squatting either, although there are signs of fire damage.

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    -Exterior, street view.

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    Not visible behind the tree in this photo is a faded sign for "Chemical Reactor Services", as well as the words "Cannon Industries" carved into the brickwork.

    -A warm welcome
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    -Office area
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    -Songs round the campfire?
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    -To the factory floor
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    -Exterior, rear (Not visible from the street, there is a large, overgrown car park behind the factory)
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    Many thanks for looking
     

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