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Wow, did I really go inside the old Wm. Foster works and not realize?!


Just looking through the Haynes Manual, and was stopped dead in my tracks by the photo half way up page 138...

I am utterly convinced it is a shot of the opposite side of the 'Windmill Pine' building I have photographed here several years ago -

Certainly this building is very old, and has been hacked about to fit it's use any nuber of times, BUT it had to be for heavy engineering originally as each overhead crane is certified up to 10 tonnes. The cranes were immobilized by Windmill Pine by hanging extractor ducting off them for saw tables etc...

Right next door is Morrisons, Tritton Road branch, which carries a plaque commemorating Wm. Foster & Co factory site on their wall...

BUT take a look at this shot I found on Google, of Whippet production. This is definately the same building. OR Fosters had several which were all exactly the same. However, Rustons across the road only has one equally large building in existence too.



"You there on the port!". "S'gin actually, but thanks for noticing [hic]".
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