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Report - N. T. Frost Electroplating Ltd., Birmingham - January 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by clebby, Jan 11, 2015.

  1. clebby

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    N. T. Frost Electroplating Ltd., Birmingham.

    Visited with my housemate because PopPunkJamie is a cretin. By chance we bumped into raisinwing and another explorer outside the access point, pleasure meeting you both :thumb

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    Now I appreciate that everyone may be feeling somewhat Frost-ed out, but I feel the need to redeem myself, having only posted that ghastly cottage hospital over the past few weeks while my usual partners in crime have been finding epic (William Cook, Harworth, Dagenham, Ram etc etc). As the others have alluded to, we've had our eye on this place for a good few months now and so it was a pleasure to finally see inside. The factory is unique in the sense that Frosts appear to have bought up two neighbours (George Cadby & Sons and J. Ashford & Sons) and aggregated the three works into one; as such it is a real rabbit warren inside and there are a few areas we are yet to see. Whilst sparse, the works have a definite oldschool feel about them, and the tiled staircase and stained-glass teller's booths in Ashford's are indeed stunning. If I'm honest though, I actually preferred the 1930s building that Frosts started out in, with its handsome brass fixtures, globe lights, and two-tone colour scheme.

    Not got much else to add that hasn't already been said, so some pictures: the tiled staircase in Ashford's, unchanged since 1912:

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    The four teller's booths, each with crazy brass pull-chains that allowed the doors to be opened without the salesman leaving his desk:

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    And just look at that tiling:

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    The factory floors that once belonged to Ashby's...

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    ...and Cadby's:

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    The fantastic 1930s architecture of the old Frosts building, by far my favourite bit of the whole place:

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    The gold labs were in the same building:

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    The works were a lot more derelict than I was expecting, and it looks like certain areas have been out of use since the mid-90s.

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    Love the glass brickwork:

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    Access is, shall we say, fragile so if you're thinking of going I'd do it sooner rather than later...

     
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  2. raisinwing

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    Re: N T Frost Ltd., Birmingham - January 2015

    You got some really nice photos out of this place.

    Nice to meet you! :)
     
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    Re: N T Frost Ltd., Birmingham - January 2015

    thats really nice
    i wounldnt mind seeing this
    ticks all my boxes
     
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    Re: N T Frost Ltd., Birmingham - January 2015

    You are just the worst

    I like your photos though, begrudgingly...
     
  5. Speed

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    Re: N T Frost Ltd., Birmingham - January 2015

    whee!I promise we can go somewhere good soon!
     
  6. clebby

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    Re: N T Frost Ltd., Birmingham - January 2015

    Cheers guys.

    Good, for a while I thought you'd replaced me with Oppenheimer or whatever that French bird's name is!
     
  7. Will Knot

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    Nice that....cool pics....thanks for sharin':)
     
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    well good is that
     
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    Lovely set of images, really do like the look of this place.
     
  10. Paradox

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    Lovely pics thanks for sharing - proper nice :thumb
     
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