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Report - Ravenhead Glass, St. Helens, Jan - 2012

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by killer1479, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. killer1479

    killer1479 28DL Full Member
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    i visited this site, on what was, originally a sunny, but cold morning, then the weather turned windy... very windy, then rain and BB sized hail stone battering the place.. but that did not stop us

    i visited this site, with fellow friend, and new 28dl member oddball_uk

    anyway here is some history on the place =D

    Ravenhead Glass was a glassworks near Ravenhead Colliery, Lancashire, North West England. It was founded in 1850 by Frances Dixon and John Merson after a move from their earlier (1842) factory at Thatto Heath near St Helens. In 1852, this factory was sold to the Pilkington Brothers and Frances Dixon then acquired a 13-acre (53,000 m2) site at Ravenhead, building a new gas-powered glassworks.
    In 1913 the company merged with five other glass manufacturers, forming UGB (United Glass Bottle Manufacturers Limited).
    Until 1931 these companies were primarily bottle makers but they branched out into domestic tableware in the 1930s making bowls, jugs and drinking glasses, many of these showing Art Deco influences.
    From 1947, Alexander Hardie Williamson 1907-1994) was employed as consultant designer and during the 27 years he was with the company, he created over 1700 designs. Some of these were produced in their millions for public houses and restaurants and included the Paris goblet, the Dimple beer mug and the Babycham-style Champagne glass. He also designed a range of tableware, the Kilner jar and a collectable range of decorated tumblers.
    In 1972, when Hardie Williamson retired, Ravenhead appointed two freelance designers; Annette Meech (who designed the Rosy Tumblers, Apollo and Solar range) and John Clappison (who designed Barmasters, Elegance, White Fire, Topaz, Icelantic, Olympiad etc. and also refined and developed Hardie Williamson’s Siesta range)
    Following a downturn in the company's fortunes (and various changes of ownership) in the late 1980s, it went into administration in 2001 and the factory closed. There followed an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office, following reference to it by Merseyside Police, but it was closed for lack of sufficient evidence.
    In 2003 the Rayware Group, which bought the Ravenhead site announced that it would like to revitalise the brand, giving pint pots and other traditional glasses the Ravenhead name, placing the Ravenhead logo and its products in the Group's portfolio....

    and on with the pictures :)

    burnt out wreck, of what looks like a civic estate ?

    a nice welcoming sight

    what was once an old railway loading platform

    smart looking wash basins in a large, mens changing room


    workshop floor or storage ? there was a rather large lift at the far end


    i have no clue what this area would of been occupied by, but it was flooded, and piked to hell, but i want one of them discharge lights on the roof, lol

    another part to the mens washroom, but this was actually subsurface

    tunnel for delivery wagons maybe ?

    xmas decoration :)

    freight lift to next floor, sadly there was no stairway that we could find to get to said top floor, but the lift had a 10 cwt capacity ??

    one of many warehousing rooms on the site

    thomas the tank engine :)

    this room once held three massive generators and a lot of switchgear in 3 fair sized rooms

    hope you enjoyed

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