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UER Forum > Archived World > Wadkin & Co Leicester 2009 - 2013 UK (Viewed 207 times)
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Wadkin & Co Leicester 2009 - 2013 UK
< on 11/24/2013 8:03 PM >
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The Wadkin story stretches over ten decades and was established in 1897, the year of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, and has become to date one of the most successful manufacturers of woodworking machines in the world. The company originally had 16 subsidiary companies and divisions employing over 1800 people. Wadkin is now situated in Nottingham, under the new ownership of A L Dalton Ltd - a superb state of the art facility in which an unrivalled offering of machine viewing and live demonstrations across stock machinery takes place, a highly skilled technical and sales team on hand to offer support and advice on every aspect of Wadkin is on offer every day.
Wadkin History
In 1897 John Wadkin founded the company alongside his brother in law Mr W Jarvis. The company was formed following an idea to invent a machine that would be so versatile that it could carry out operations that were originally done by hand. John Wadkin titled this machine, "a pattern milling machine" The partnership was not successful and Mr Wadkin eventually left the company. Mr Jarvis then acquired the help of Mr Wallace Goddard with the intention to expand the business.
Mr Jarvis became acquainted with a Greek gentleman by the name of Ionades who invented an advanced carburettor. General Motors in the US confirmed that they were interested and invited Mr Jarvis for a meeting to discuss, which led to Mr Jarvis booking a place on the Titanic as a means of travel and the disastrous result that he went down with the ill-fated liner.
This left Mr Wallace Goddard with a business in Leicester and no-one to run it. Luckily he had a son that took charge and this continued until 1927 when Mr J Wallace passed away.
The 1914-1918 war saw the Government ask Wadkin for help to develop a machine that could turn out wooden propellers for the R.A.F. at a high-speed rate. After the war the demand for woodworking machinery was at a tremendous upsurge.
In the 1920's the development of the integral electric drive led to the introduction of more efficient types of woodworking machines. Wadkin pioneered high production machines that operated at much higher speeds than before and had better finished woodwork.
Throughout the 1930's Wadkin extended their range and entered the high technology market and began making larger, high production woodworking machines such as moulders and double ender machines.
The first Wadkin numerically controlled machine was produced in 1956 and the machine proved to be successful and generated much interest from the industry.

today the massive factory stands mostly empty since to service department moved,
these are my pictures from 2011 to last year, from visits with most of leicesters explorers




main2 by M D Allen, on Flickr



70's-style boardroom by M D Allen, on Flickr



bathroom by M D Allen, on Flickr



black-and-white by M D Allen, on Flickr




car-club by M D Allen, on Flickr




curtains by M D Allen, on Flickr



factory by M D Allen, on Flickr




foreman by M D Allen, on Flickr




ledger by M D Allen, on Flickr



foremans by M D Allen, on Flickr



old-photos by M D Allen, on Flickr



mda by M D Allen, on Flickr

another air raid shelter off the list

shelter by M D Allen, on Flickr



foremans by M D Allen, on Flickr



flooring by M D Allen, on Flickr



bridge by M D Allen, on Flickr



glass by M D Allen, on Flickr



chairmans- by M D Allen, on Flickr



letters by M D Allen, on Flickr



more on flickr
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Re: Wadkin & Co Leicester 2009 - 2013 UK
<Reply # 1 on 11/24/2013 10:43 PM >
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Great set! Love the brick floor being torn apart by time!

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Re: Wadkin & Co Leicester 2009 - 2013 UK
<Reply # 2 on 11/24/2013 10:45 PM >
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awesome shots

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Re: Wadkin & Co Leicester 2009 - 2013 UK
<Reply # 3 on 12/12/2013 5:19 PM >
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Very nice set. This thread over at woodworkforums.com has links to some more historical photos.

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Great set! Love the brick floor being torn apart by time!

I believe those are wooden bricks. Used for vibration isolation.

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