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Report - The West Bromwich Spring Ltd., Helical Works - April 2014

clebby

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Regular User
#1
The West Bromwich Spring Ltd., Helical Works.

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Visited twice, with Miner Joe and Speed.

I've had my eye on this place ever since someone blagged themselves a permission visit a couple of years ago. Without meaning to sound rude, I've shat better photos than the ones which were posted and I've always felt the place deserved better. I would imagine it has a lot of history but this is all I could find online:

The West Bromwich Spring has been the forefront of precision manufacturing since 1896. We have maintained our position with a combination of expertise based on technical experience & continual process development.
Judging by calendars and paperwork left on site, WBS vacated the premises in 2006 or 2007. One or two buildings are still used by another spring maker, which means this isn't somewhere you'll be able to wander around during the week. Despite, folks should still make the effort - factories of this age and quality are becoming noticeably thin on the ground these days. The works themselves are a veritable smorgasbord of buildings of different ages and styles, and internally they have an overall feeling of 'old', something which is becoming increasingly rare in explores. On a side note, the works have some of the best signage I've ever seen - worth making the effort for alone in my opinion.

Press shop:

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Toolroom:

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Other factory floors:

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Offices in the oldest part of the works:

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I've posted in non-public for the time being as there's only one access point that isn't a pisstake, and that could easily change. Again, I implore you all to make the effort to visit as places like this won't keep cropping up for much longer!
 

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drhowser

Bespectacled & irrelevant
Regular User
#5
That's brilliant! I love machinery like that. You're right about the old feeling too, less and less of that now..
 

Oxygen Thief

Admin
Staff member
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#9
This is some good heavy engineering going on. Nice report, thanks for sharing.