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Report - George Dyke Forgemasters - Willenhall - June 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Loocyloo, Jun 12, 2015.

  1. Loocyloo

    Loocyloo 28DL Regular User
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    Bit of history
    The late Mr.George Dyke was born in Birmingham in 1826 and later moved to live in Willenhall where he worked as a bolt maker. The original site in Willenhall was once a piece of land belonging to Doctor Richard Wilkes, which eventually passed into the ownership of the Chapel of Ease estate. During the cholera epidemic in 1849, the land at the side of the forge was hastily turned into a burial ground and some 211 victims are believed to buried there.George Dyke has produced metal forgings for nearly 200 years and during this time it has been able to establish itself as a major name working at the forefront of the metal forgings industry.

    The visit
    After recently moving house JdotN15 and I thought we would visit the George Dyke Forgemasters randomly on the way home from work. This wasn't the best idea considering we both had our office work clothes on which resulted in trousers ripping and a cut foot. The wind making the chains and roof rattling startled me every time. There isn't much there anymore however it is nice to see a place which is not full of graffiti.

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  2. jdotn15

    jdotn15 28DL Regular User
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    Suit trousers were ripped in the shooting of this thread:banghead
     
  3. KM_Punk

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    Sounds like a fun trip, just don't tear yourself up about your trousers :p You've got some good shots there :thumb
     
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    That was the problem lucy got shots I didn't as I don't take my camera to work :(
     
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    Go back at a later date. Or get a compact camera and keep it in your jacket pocket, then you'll be ready for any impromptu explore. I've been caught out, where I've had a call saying meet us now and I haven't had time to get my kit, it's fustrating
     
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    we live 10min away from it!
    so would be rude not to
     
  7. Oxygen Thief

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    Was just doing my pictures of this place. We walked past it at first thinking "what a bombed-out derp, that can't possibly be it, with no walls". Sadly it was the correct place. Your pictures are good, better than mine anyway.
     
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  8. Speed

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    It looked exactly the same when it was working. We had climbed over the fence before we realised.. Did the same at their Darleston site too.
     
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    good stuff pal , cheers for sharng
     
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    It's a great place this, good stuff. How did you manage to rip your clothes getting in though? :D
     
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