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Report - Frank Whittle's Factory, Whetstone, Leicestershire - April 15'

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Miss Mayhem, Apr 4, 2015.

  1. Miss Mayhem

    Miss Mayhem 28DL Regular User
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    This was an interesting one, and very big ;)
    Explored with The Shepshed Diamond Back.

    It has a lot of character this place, but unfortunately now quite trashed with little time
    on its side, with the new housing estate next to it forever growing.
    Its sad to think that a place with such history can be demolished without
    anyone batting an eye lid :(

    History

    Hidden away lies a key element of history, Frank Whittle's Factory is where jet engines were
    developed. Dedicating to this workers were woken up at 8am by an air raid siren,
    this continued up until 2002.

    Sir Frank Whittle was a British Royal Air Force Engineer Air Officer, and he invented the
    turbojet engine. Frank Whittle had the backing of the Air Ministry, and so he also had two retired
    RAF servicemen to assist him set up Power Jets Ltd to build the engine itself.
    The engine – a W2/500 – was one of only five built by Whittle in the 1940s.

    The factory later on employed more than 4,000 workers as it became The English Electric Company (Later GEC), made in the 1960's and 70's it was part of several Nuclear power stations. In order to sustain the
    factory hundreds of apprentices were trained each year, and those 4,000 workers had been
    shipped from Middlesex due to the shortage of labour. The computer performance measurement called the
    'whetstone' was developed by English Electric at the factory, and takes its name from the town itself.

    An industrial rental site surrounds the factory along with housing development, and Babcock Services, ITP Engines Ltd and Converteam occupy and maintain the site.

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    Thanks for looking : )
     

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  2. eyelash911

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    great pics !
     
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    Nicely covered :thumb The place is completely fucked now :( It was quite trashed when I went just over a year ago.
     
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    not been there in ages! it's good that there's an "angry face" there, love a good bit of graff!
     
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    I like this :thumb
     
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    Thanks : )
     
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    Thanks, yeah it is quite badly trashed but still interesting : )
     
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    The place has had some stick by local yobs, and some rooms upstairs
    Were fire damaged.
    Yeah some graff is pretty cool :thumb
     
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    Cheers, its pretty trashed but it still is quite big with interesting bits of
    machinery to see : )
     
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    still aint got round to doing this place
     
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    looks like a bank holiday visit....
     
  12. Miss Mayhem

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    It's good, just really trashed.
    I wouldn't leave it too late if you are going to go because the
    housing estate is closing it, and one part has already been
    Demolished : )
     
  13. Miss Mayhem

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    Go for it :thumb
     
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