Building Work Continues

Despite having had ten years to get the site layout correct and have all the buildings they required built prior to moving in, building work continued.

In 1902, they won planning approval for an engine house and store on the site[1], although it appears that they were not built for almost another year, costing £64 13s. 7d, with the work was undertaken by Thomas Barker[2].
New Midland Horticultural Works – Part of original Fitters Shop

The same year, they purchased a Cornish Trentham Boiler from H. Coltman & Sons, of Loughborough[3]; it was probably used to provide heating to the factory and offices. This type of boiler, although large, was renowned for both its’ fuel efficiency and longevity. Even in mid 1890s[4] it was being replaced by more efficient boilers; indeed, Coltman produced such a range of boilers.


New Midland Horticultural Works – Fettling Shop

In late 1903, they had another foundry store built at a cost of £62 13s. 4d, whilst at the same time alterations and additions were made to the two company houses in Cumberland Road (£38 14s. 6d.)[5].

In 1904, Herbert Morris and Bastert Ltd., of the Empress Works, Loughborough, installed a 39ft., long overhead runway suspended from existing 12in. by 5in. roof timbers. The runway had a maximum load of 10 hundredweight and was fitted with a ball-bearing trolley, with lifting gear and chains. The price for the runway and trolley was £33 15s. with one of Morris and Bastert’s skilled erectors being charged out at 1s. 6d. per hour[6].


New Midland Horticultural Works – Messroom

In September 1906[7], they accepted an estimate of £7, from Thomas Barker & Son, to make alterations to the fettling[8] shed, including swapping a window and doorway around; removing a stove pipe and repairing the roof; laying a new floor using blue bricks, with a 2ft. wide concrete channel.

In 1911, with business expanding, they built a new shed for storing their boilers and radiators costing £179 6s. 10d.[9]

New Midland Horticultural Works – Canopy, gantry and overhead crane

In late 1912 and early 1913, a new steel foundry, together with a glass roof for a new shelter and a roof between the foundry and fitting shop, was built at a total cost of £327 12s. 11d.[10]

In late 1913 or early 1914 they build another shed, at a cost of £24 10s. 10d.[11] this time to store scaffolding, which they used on customer sites when assembling greenhouses, conservatories, etc.


New Midland Horticultural Works – Entrance to Timekeeper’s Office from Cumberland Road

In addition to new building work, they spent a significant amount each year on repairs and alterations, despite the main buildings being less than ten years old[12]. In 1902 repairs amounted to £24 19s. 10d.; in 1903 £28 19s. 6d.; in 1904 this rose to over £209, due to a significant amount of alterations and repairs, including the cost of a steam roller to level the internal access roads, repairs to the both the foundry and its’ crane, etc. Over the following five years the cost for repairs was £28 17s.; £72 10s. 6d.; £57 3s. 5d.; £89 14s. 3d.; £95 1s. 10d.; £102 2s. 11d.; £49 19s. 6d, respectively. In 1911, this figure rose significantly and included £226 to Messrs Blackmoth & Sons for heightening the chimney; £81 19s., on converting the relatively new shop at the end of foundry, facing the offices into a fettling shop and converting the existing fettling shop into a pattern store; £23 15s. 3d. for repairs to the foundry roof. Less than two years later they renewed the foundry roof at a cost of £79 6s.7d.[13]


New Midland Horticultural Works – Joinery Shop built post 1945

In July 1918 planning permission was granted for a temporary store to be built. The Highway Committee sitting on 14th July 1919 stipulated that the building was “to be allowed to stand for a period not exceeding two years from this date”. On the 8th September 1919, they gained permission to build another extension to the foundry[14].


Fitters' Shop
Post 1945 Joinery Shop



  1. Loughborough Town Council – Highway Committee Meeting, 27th January 1902.
  2. Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Record Office ref: DE2121/02.
  3. Private Papers.
  4. A Practical Treatise upon Warming Buildings by Hot Water: Charles Hood, 1894.
  5. Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Record Office ref: DE2121/02.
  6. Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Record Office ref: DE2121/79.
  7. Ibid.
  8. Fettling is the term given to the finishing of castings by removing excess or unwanted metal.
  9. Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Record Office ref: DE2121/02.
  10. Ibid.
  11. Ibid.
  12. Ibid.
  13. Ibid.
  14. Loughborough Town Council, Highway Committee Meeting, 8th September 1919.