New Foundry

1901 – Foundry Site, Cumberland Road, Loughborough

One of the apparent problems with the High Street site was the lack of sufficient foundry facilities and/or capacity. It appears that on occasions, they had to buy-in components from other iron founders both within the town and elsewhere. Therefore, it is unsurprising that the first set of buildings to be erected on the new site was the furnace and foundry. Records exist[1] that indicate work started on a “new building” as early as January 1885 and continued for almost five months, with planning . In early February, they received planning permission to build a new foundry on the site[2]. In parallel, presumably in anticipation of receiving the go-ahead, they started constructing a road across the site to the intended foundry site, at a cost of almost £70 in labour and materials, which included at least 450 tons of ballast[3]. The total spent during that time on material and plant amounted to £2,626 18s. 5½d, which included the cost of the site, foundry, fencing, sidings, new road and £125 to Mr. Moss “for building work”. Labour costs for the same period amounted to £194 11s. 2½d.[4]

In May 1885, the firm successfully applied for planning permission to build several buildings on the site[5], including a fitter’s shop. This would indicate that they intended to undertake some form of post-casting processing on the new site, although the records of the time suggest that material was taken back to the High Street site[6].

1915 – Foundry Site, Cumberland Road, Loughborough

 

The new foundry was up and running by early June 1885, with the first castings weighing 1,344lbs (609.63kg) being produced on 4th June[7]. Two days later they cast a total of 5,121lbs (2,322.8kg), including nine No. 1 Loughborough boilers weighing 1,768lbs (801.95kg); two No. 2 Loughborough boilers weighing 588lbs (266.71kg); 4in. pipes weighing 1,337lbs (606.45kg); 1,428lbs (647.73kg) of ordinary castings. Between the 4th and the 19th June they cast on 11 separate days (4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 19th) with output amounting to over 10¼tons (22.967lbs (10,418kg)). At the time a hundredweight[8] of casting was worth 8s. 3d, giving a total value for the castings for the period of over £84. The output from the new casting was sent to the High Street Works for processing[9].

Loughborough Boiler

The High Street foundry was apparently only kept running in parallel for less than a month. The last recorded output is for the 30th June 1885, when it produced four No. 1 Loughborough boilers, weighing 738lbs (334.75kg); one No. 3 Loughborough boiler, weighing 310lbs (40.61kg); 1,791lbs (812.38kg) of general castings[10]. Up to the end of 1885 the new foundry cast 192 tons; during 1886 it reached 355 tons, approaching 7 tons per week; whilst the following year it recorded over 400 tons, averaging 8.2 tons per week. In February 1887, the foundry started casting significant quantities of 2in., 3in. and 4in. heating pipes. By the end of the year, more than 1,200 yards of 2in., 1,100 yards of 3in. and 5½ miles of 4in. pipes had been produced.

Despite the foundry being in production, building and furbishing work continued at the new site, with an additional £57 10s. 6½d. being spent on labour and £26 14s. 6d. on materials up to the 24th July 1885.

A year later, they were working on an extension to the foundry[11], having secured planning permission in July 1886[12]; whatever the work involved it did not appear to interfere with production[13]. The total cost of the extension, completed by the beginning of October, was £113 12s. 11½d. including £39 4s. 2d. for Mr. Barker’s building work and £20 4s. 11½d. for labour[14].

In February the following year, they received planning permission[15] to add a new drying stove in the foundry[16]. Yet further planning consent was given in early February 1887[17], this time for a new furnace.

 

References:

  1. Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Record Office ref: DE2121/27.
  2. The Loughborough Echo and North Leicestershire Gazette, 5th February 1885.
  3. Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Record Office ref: DE2121/27.
  4. Ibid.
  5. The Loughborough Echo and North Leicestershire Gazette, 4th June 1885.
  6. Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Record Office ref: DE2121/31.
  7. Ibid.
  8. 112lbs (50.802kg).
  9. Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Record Office ref: DE2121/31.
  10. Ibid.
  11. Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Record Office ref: DE2121/27.
  12. Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Record Office ref: DE1834/157.
  13. Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Record Office ref: DE2121/31.
  14. Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Record Office ref: DE2121/27.
  15. Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Record Office ref: DE1834/157.
  16. Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Record Office ref: DE2121/28.
  17. Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Record Office ref: DE2745/2/1 – Loughborough Board of Health Ordinary Meeting, 7th February, 1887 – Surveyors Report, Building Plans Committee.