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Report - Sir Robert Mcalpine Crane Yard, Corby, march 2014

Discussion in 'High Stuff' started by madspof, Mar 6, 2014.

  1. madspof

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    Visted with Nightvision and OfTheSohoRiots just off the A14 as nightvision had spotted some cranes and wanted to pop his cerry :). Didnt even realise what the yard was for untill we got up the first crane and noticed the cabs and frame work.

    History
    Sir Robert McAlpine, 1st Baronet who founded the eponymous company was born in 1847 in the Scottish village of Newarthill near Motherwell. From the age of seven he worked in the nearby coal mines, leaving at 16 to become an apprentice bricklayer. Later, working for an engineer, he progressed to being foreman before starting to work on his own account at the age of 22 (1869). He had no capital other than that he could earn himself and his first contract involving the employment of other men had to be financed by borrowing £11 from the butcher. From there, McAlpine enjoyed rapid success; the early contracts centred on his own trade of bricklaying and by 1874 he was the owner of two brickyards and an employer of 1,000 men. [2] (It was on one of the housing estates he built that he first experimented with using concrete blocks as well as bricks (from which he earned the nickname 'concrete Bob').

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