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Report - Pine End Works, Lydney Harbour - November 2009


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Right, as promised, here's my first report. Visited with clebby on two occasions. Massive thanks to clebby for taking me, essentially writing my report, and being generally superior to me. :thumb

Pine End Works has seen quite a bit of activity recently so I'll just do a quick history from clebby's report;

Constructed by the Government in 1940, it was built to produce technical aircraft and marine plywood for wartime requirements. It was known as a "shadow factory", meaning it was built in secrecy so that goods vital to the war effort could continue to be made without such a high risk of bombing. To preserve secrecy it was known as "Factories Direction Ltd",then it was taken over by two of the countries largest timber producers, William Mallison and Sons Ltd. and Gliksten Plywood Limited. It then name was changed to "Mallison-Denny (Lydney) Limited".

During the war it was used to produce wooden aircraft panels for the Mosquito fighter-bomber and the Horsa assault gliders used in the D Day landings. In the 80s three inch thick rubber and grit surfaced plywood made at Pine End was used in a refubishment of Tower Bridge. It also supplied plywood to the Admiralty, the MoD, British Rail, vehicle manufacturers and boat builders. Something known as "Hydroboard" was produced at Pine End as well. It was a "chemically impregnated densified and compressed plywood" used in nuclear shielding in power stations. In its last years it became part of the Brooke-Bond Group of Companies, operating under the name "Lydney Products". We found documents in the building suggesting that it closed in 2001 or thereafter.
Anyways, I'll tro include some new stuff this time. This was the first factory floor we visited. At first it seemed pretty monochrome but if you looked a little deeper there were some incredible colours.




There were some large pieces of machinery in one corner; the one on the left is a guillotine (I think) and the other a metal press.



Just off this floor were some offices, complete with mould and peeley paint! :gay






The other, larger factory floor on site...




The final stop was the epic surgery room on site...


Thanks for looking. :)

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