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Report - GKN Nettlefords screw factory, Birmingham

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by dweeb, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. dweeb

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    This place was right uo my street. Fantastic Victorian industrial architecture, a HUGE network of tunnels and cellars, old stuff lying around everywhere!!
    The main factory looks to be built around the turn of the century, but the front buildings are the height of 1950's style, and a bit of art deco (such as the elegant gatepost lamps) thrown in for good measure.
    The tunnels are huge, and have clearly been used as a factory during the war. Loads of assorted machinery and other crap stuffed down there! The carcking weather today made for some top pics, especially along the factory's very own arm of the canal...

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    This patterned glass was extremley fashionable in the 1950's...
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    I think this was a machine shop. A very ornate roof for a workshop...
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    Note the ionwork to the right of the pic...
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    This is one third as big as it was after a fire in 2005
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    What a comedy genius!
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    Again, round skylights are typical 1950's (Just like High Marnham)
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    Top of the small water tower
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    One of the many tunnels, this one is stacked with documents
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    My torch died soon after, so need to return to photograph them properly.
     

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