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Report - Abel Woodhead & Sons Chemical works, Holmfirth. August 2017.

Baggy trousers

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#1
So on a sunny August Saturday me and a friend of mine stumbled by this site as we were on our way to another site. A quick dumping of the car ensued, and we were in to take a look.

History

I'm not gonna lie here but, finding info on this place is really thin on the ground, all I know is that From what I can find on the net, Abel Woodhead & Sons have been in existence since 1942, Finally closing up around late 2016, the site currently has planning permission for houses to be built on the site.

Also, It says its a chemical works but looking at it you wouldn't think it!

On with the photos.




























Also, if anyone knows any history on the site, please do let me know!!

Thanks for looking..
 

Baggy trousers

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#3
Nice..any hint as to what was made here from the books/papers?
To be honest mate I haven't but, looking through the paperwork in the main room, the only marked piece with the companies name on brought up this:



I doubt that for such a small site they made much of what is listed on there but who knows.
Ill continue to have a dig, as its been bugging me since I visited!
 

Baggy trousers

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#10
Demolished or converted now I think?
Couldn't tell you mate, whilst I was looking it up I found some plans and an application to demolish most of the buildings and restore the row of cottages on the front.
They were old plans so your guess may be right.
 

Yorrick

28DL Regular User
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#11
I like that a lot mate. I'd have enjoyed a rummage in there.

Also, if anyone knows any history on the site, please do let me know!!
A tiny mention in Grace’s Guide from a 1959 Chemical Manufacturers directory - Woodhead, A., & Sons, Liphill Bank Chemical Works, Holmfirth, near Huddersfield. Telephone: Holmfirth 118. Telegrams: Woodheads, Holmfirth. Passenger and goods station: Holmfirth, 1 mile. — Glauber salts, potash soaps, ammonia, all strengths, nitrate of iron, copperas, soda, vitriol, tin solutions, bleaching liquor, etc.

A few bits from Companies House and elsewhere –
Incorporated (Ltd) in March 1942 (but started by Abel a while before that)
Last had any significant turnover in 2007 (£66,000)
Amazingly they were only declared insolvent in December 2017, with a liquidator appointed on Tuesday this week.
As the name suggests it was a father and son operation, the father being Abel and the son Reuban. More recently the directors were, Reuban Woodhead, born in 1923 and the other, Geoffrey Woodhead, born in 1950.
Reuban resigned as director in 2011.

Although both directors are shown as chemical manufacturers, the nature of the business is listed as Other letting and operating of own or leased land

Maybe Geoffrey planned to develop the site himself. He doesn’t seem to be linked to Kingsman homes who, as you say, have been granted PP to demolish and develop 7 plots.
 

Baggy trousers

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#12
It was a reet good rummage mate!
Really appreciate the info too.. Interesting to know that they were declared insolvent as late as last December..
 

tweek

meek
Regular User
#13
Couldn't tell you mate, whilst I was looking it up I found some plans and an application to demolish most of the buildings and restore the row of cottages on the front.
They were old plans so your guess may be right.
Yeah, that's exactly what's happened I think. The chimney at the back of the plot is still there, and one of the buildings near the road looks like it'll be houses soon.

Quite hard to find this one, more than you'd expect to be left behind.
 

Baggy trousers

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28DL Full Member
#15
Cheers for the heads up mooks was gonna do the same too but fooked my camera up in a car crash at work the other day, so cant do nothing till thats sorted now :(
 

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