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Report - Courtaulds - Foleshill, Coventry. July 2012

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by ofthesohoriots, Oct 4, 2013.

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    Last year I went twice to explore what remains of Courtaulds in Coventry.
    My Dad used to work there, making Acetate fibre in Spondon before briefly joining the Coventry Courtaulds in the mid 1980s.

    A little history from Wikipedia:

    "In July 1905, Courtaulds Ltd opened its factory in Foleshill and grew to become a world leader in the production of artificial fibres requiring a considerable expansion of the facility over the following years. The now-demolished Courtaulds chimney was reputed to be the tallest in England when it was erected in 1924. It stood 365 feet (111 m) tall, was built on 15 feet (4.5 m) - deep foundations, had a base diameter of 26 feet (8 m) tapering to 16 feet (5 m) at the top, and consisted of 917,000 bricks weighing a total of 4,000 tons (4,064 metric tons). Tower Court, formerly one of the Courtaulds buildings, is now used as offices."

    There was an easy entry which we only found after taking a more lengthy, difficult, but more picturesque route than required!


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    I wish we'd got to see this place maybe five years earlier, when it was still a huge site, but I thought I'd share what we did see. :)
     
    #1 ofthesohoriots, Oct 4, 2013
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