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Report - Pianoforte Supplies Ltd Roade April 2015 (the otherside)

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by mattdonut, Apr 15, 2015.

  1. mattdonut

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    It all began in 1910, when a firm known as 'J. Masters & Co' began manufacturing polishing paste along the railway tracks that run past the village of road. In 1922 the business closed and was purchased the following year by a former employee, C.T Cripps, who went to produce castings and fixtures for pianos as well as parts for automobiles.

    The company was known as 'Pianoforte Supplies Ltd'.

    In 1933 the factory was rebuilt following a large fire and then during the Second World War, went into full-time production, creating parts for vehicles and aircraft as part of the war effort.

    In the 1960's the factory was known to have over 1,800 workers, but following the closure of Roade railway station a few years later, the factory began to slip into decline. The production of piano parts was ceased in the 1980's and although most of the site is now derelict, units nearby still manufacture car parts for companies such as Vauxhall.

    this side closed and is now ear marked for housing

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    rear end of factory
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    factory floors
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    the labs
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    from the stage
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  2. clebby

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    Lovely stuff. One hopes you got under the stage?
     
  3. Speed

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    Not bad not bad
     
  4. mattdonut

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    yeah had a quick look under the stage didnt find much apart from an old Tab cola sign
     
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    Nice place :thumb
     
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    Very nice, cheers for sharing :thumb
     
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