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Report - Wadkins Woodworks - Leicester - May 2014

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Matt Inked, Jun 1, 2014.

  1. Matt Inked

    Matt Inked 28DL Full Member
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    After leaving Lincoln at 5:30am we drove to Leicester with a list of places to explore, some worked out, some didn't...
    I visited Wadkins with Hamtagger, Session9 and Catbalou. I beginning to understand why there aren't a lot of reports on it now with how annoying gaining access was. It was a lot better inside than I expected too, some parts seemed a bit out of place (The room with medical supplies and makeshift bed) and the security there is slightly retarded. We walked past his office (That we didn't know about at the time) talking normally and he was just sat in there watching Tennis completely oblivious to the fact we could see him.

    History Lesson
    "Borrowed" from Moosker. In 1897 John Wadkin founded the company alongside his brother in law Mr W Jarvis. The company was formed following an idea to invent a machine that would be so versatile that it could carry out operations that were originally done by hand. John Wadkin titled this machine, "a pattern milling machine" The partnership was not successful and Mr Wadkin eventually left the company. Mr Jarvis then acquired the help of Mr Wallace Goddard with the intention to expand the business.
    Mr Jarvis became acquainted with a Greek gentleman by the name of Ionades who invented an advanced carburettor. General Motors in the US confirmed that they were interested and invited Mr Jarvis for a meeting to discuss, which led to Mr Jarvis booking a place on the Titanic as a means of travel and the disastrous result that he went down with the ill-fated liner.
    This left Mr Wallace Goddard with a business in Leicester and no-one to run it. Luckily he had a son that took charge and this continued until 1927 when Mr J Wallace passed away.
    The 1914-1918 war saw the Government ask Wadkin for help to develop a machine that could turn out wooden propellers for the R.A.F. at a high-speed rate. After the war the demand for woodworking machinery was at a tremendous upsurge.
    In the 1920's the development of the integral electric drive led to the introduction of more efficient types of woodworking machines. Wadkin pioneered high production machines that operated at much higher speeds than before and had better finished woodwork.
    Throughout the 1930's Wadkin extended their range and entered the high technology market and began making larger, high production woodworking machines such as moulders and double ender machines.
    The first Wadkin numerically controlled machine was produced in 1956 and the machine proved to be successful and generated much interest from the industry.
    From the 1990's Wadkin recognised the need to develop back up service support to its machine customers, and developed a nationwide network of engineers in developing its customer response team, which still stands today offering support 365 days a year.
    Since this, Wadkin have been at the forefront of development and have been named the first British business to be accredited as a learning company by UK Woodchain.
    In 2010 following the liquidation of Wadkin Limited, the intellectual propert rights were purchased by Nottingham based woodworking machinery distributors and manufacturers A L Dalton Ltd. This move brought together two long established woodworking machinery suppliers who have traded with each other for over 50 years and accumulated over 200 years experience in the industry between them....​

    The same shot everyone who comes here takes
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    Yellow Machinery, the pigeons near this bit were quite annoying
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    Even a stopped clock is right twice a day...
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    Electric Six popped into my head here.
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    My favourite snap of the day (I stole the puddle idea from Hamtagger) Thanks mate
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    The light at the end of the....factory
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    I can resist a shot of stairs
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    This room still had lights on
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    I may or may not have rearranged a few keys
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    Windows
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    We had a failed visit to this hotel after Wadkins
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    Thanks for taking time to read my report.
    Wadkins is definitely worth a visit to anyone who's in or near Leicester
     

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  2. dweeb

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    Some nice crisp photos there, no access to the offices?
     
  3. Matt Inked

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    Thanks.
    We did get into the offices but I didn't want to cover too much with my report so all 4 of ours won't look the same.
    Quite a lot of it was locked too and the doors were screwed shut.
     
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    apparently its going to be refurbished
     
  5. Matt Inked

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    Considering the area it's in and the fact that it's abandoned it's mostly in really good condition. All they'd need to do is a clearout and it could be another factory/offices.
     
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    A really nice report there :)
     
  7. Matt Inked

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    Haha! I'll keep an eye out for them. How did the other places go after me and S9 left?
     
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    Fantastic shots mate :)
    The puddle snap is a classic :)
     
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    Good report and really nicely photographed. A little less vignetting would work just as well with these pictures :)
     
  10. Matt Inked

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    Thankyou mate.
    I have Trev to thank for the puddle snap, I "borrowed" his idea. :)
     
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    What did the days in hotel things say?
     
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  13. Goldie87

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    Cool stuff, not seen anything from here for a while :)
     
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