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Lead or Rumour info - Crittalls Windows Ltd, Silver End, Essex


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Big factory building and an engine house, 1926 and you can see the art deco! This factory is the whole reason this village exists. Very nice back in the day.
Looked a little trashed from a quick look inside through a hole but who knows what's inside, likely something worth pointing a camera at so take a look! I couldn't get in but things are likely to change.
If you fail then there's something next door worth a look, just put a report up so wouldn't be a wasted journey!
I'll be keeping an eye on it.

Crittall, or "The Guv'nor" as he was known to his workforce, had a vision to provide his workforce with houses and amenities in close proximity to his window factory. Thus over six years from 1926 Silver End village was built. In 1928, a large department store was opened with 26 various departments under one roof; burnt down in 1951, it was re-built and today houses the Co-op and adjacent shops.


Houses of the Silver Street development of 1927.
The village hall boasted a first class dance floor, cinema, library, snooker room and health clinic. It is the largest village hall in the UK.

The village includes some noteworthy early examples of Modernist architectural design; the distinctive white, flat-roofed houses on Francis Way and Silver Street are the work of influential Scottish architect Thomas S. Tait, a leading designer of Art Deco and Streamline Moderne buildings in the 20th Century who is also credited with designing the concrete pylons on Sydney Harbour Bridge. Of note are the steel window frames manufactured by Crittall's firm as a test for their use in the damp English climate.[1][2]

All major production ceased at the original Crittall site in 2006 when the factory was closed down. However, window frames are still manufactured at a Crittall factory in Witham.

The majority of the buildings on the original factory site were demolished over the summer vacation period of 2008. Although these factory buildings were in the conservation area of the village, none of them was listed for conservation, although the developer agreed to retain the original 1926 factory and the Power House building, which originally generated electricity at the village. These factory buildings, which originally formed part of the intrinsic character of the village and an integral part of its raison d'etre - as a village in which to live and work, in Crittall's original concept - have thus now been lost. Most of the remaining factory buildings have been unused for some while.

There is now little employment within Silver End and it thus has become essentially a dormitory village. Any new dwelling houses constructed within the conservation area will be subject to the Article 4 Direction (Town and Country Planning Act 1990) which was served in 1983. This effectively removed 'Permitted Development' rights for replacement windows, doors, etc., on the dwelling houses in the Conservation Area to prevent further inappropriate alterations.
Those 1930's art deco houses though... They are nice.


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Thanks, might have to give this one a look...


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i live in this village, the factory site consists of two buildings, one which is accessible but is literally empty, nothing of value or worth seeing in there. and the other which was once a power building. i believe the power building is still intact on the inside as they have gone to the trouble of bricking up the doorways instead of simply boarding them like the other building. if you guys manage to get in, i would be very interested in joining, theres also some better places in silver end than the factory.