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

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( . Y . )
Regular User
Aug 25, 2008
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


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:


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



And just look at that tiling:


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



...and Cadby's:



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


The gold labs were in the same building:




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.



Love the glass brickwork:


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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( . Y . )
Regular User
Aug 25, 2008
Re: N T Frost Ltd., Birmingham - January 2015

Cheers guys.

whee!I promise we can go somewhere good soon!
Good, for a while I thought you'd replaced me with Oppenheimer or whatever that French bird's name is!