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Report - Jaguar Browns Lane, Demolition

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by dweeb, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. dweeb

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    Coventry was always famous from it's motor trade. It is arguebly the home of the motor car. Watch and sewing machine manufacturers turned their hands to manufacturing bicycles and in turn motor cars by the turn of the 19th Century. A trip to the fine (and free!) motor museum in Coventry will astound you as to how many motor car manufacturers there were in Coventry.

    But the 1980's hit the city hard. The ska legends the Specials sung "ghost town" about the city at that time, it was grim.

    Since I started my apprentership in 2003 the city has lost Massey Fergason, Peugeout and Jaguar, along with Dunlop wheels and countless other second tear manufacturers.



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    I managed to gain access to the "main hall" assembly hall, which was a huge and fine building. The whole site seemed live back then, so I was reluctant to push furter into the plant. 4 or 5 months later the main hall has gone completley, and most of the offices are stripped and awaiting demolition.

    That aside, there are some nice bits to be seen. The telephone exchange was interesting, with some retro equipment. The factory's own museum has been emptied of it's treasure but the wall displays are intact and are interesting, a snapshot of the history that ford have ended...

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    Hmm... a boarded door into the hillside...
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    ... reveals an air raid shelter:cool:
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