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« on: September 26, 2022, 07:30:05 am »

From a collection of pictures from the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre ... a couple that are a bit of a mystery - Avon Tyres of Melksham but neither is Melksham.  There are quite a number - these two include rail.   I think I know one of them but not the other and would appreciate help / confirmation so I am not starting with my idea



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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2022, 08:07:48 am »

The bottom on is Bradford on Avon, you can see the lock up on the bridge over the Avon

They also had a factory in Bridgend which might be the other photo but a map comparison might help
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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2022, 08:09:06 am »

Posted whilst I was about to say the same.
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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2022, 10:46:36 am »

The second is definitely Bradford -on-Avon. You can still see the shape of the town centre as it is now in the photo. The new housing estate that has been built where the Avon Rubber Works site was is worth walking around. It has signs up about its history and includes some memorabilia from that time.

The first definitely isn't Bradford-on-Avon! Grin
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« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2022, 09:59:21 pm »

I think the first picture is looking south over Manchester’s now closed Mayfield Station. (ie the picture is taken from a position roughly over Manchester Piccadilly’s approach).  The roof shape is correct for Mayfield, I think what look like gantries over the platforms indicate where part of the original roof had been removed.  Note also the shape of the watercourse compared to the present view. 

Here’s a link to Google Maps overhead Mayfield Station:
https://maps.app.goo.gl/A87A1PDj7p3Gq7QZA?g_st=ic

So that suggests somewhere in shot is a Manchester company that had been taken over by Avon Rubber.  Googling brought up the Graces Guide website, which leads to David Moseley and Sons, of various sites in Ardwick, Manchester, including at Chapelfield Rd:
https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Avon_Rubber_Co

Hope this helps.

(but please Grahame, it’s aerial photography…)
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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2022, 11:58:08 pm »

Yes, it is Chapelfield,. isn't it? The picture must be after 20th March 1967, the opening date of the Mancunian Way - the dual carriageway - along Tipping Street. It does still look new and shiny, though, with infilled clearance sites around it, so it'll be soon after. The works was divided into several parts, some of which had been sold off before the Avon takeover in 1964. One of those was the Medlock works, which made raincoats - that watercourse is the river Medlock.
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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2022, 12:07:09 pm »


(but please Grahame, it’s aerial photography…)


I've retitled this thread to avoid confusion with the font (or indeed the Shakespearean character)...
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« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2022, 02:37:42 pm »


(but please Grahame, it’s aerial photography…)


I've retitled this thread to avoid confusion with the font (or indeed the Shakespearean character)...

Thanks - that's a real help.
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« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2022, 08:58:35 pm »

Very disappointing. Not an aerial in sight.
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« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2022, 12:04:04 am »

Very disappointing. Not an aerial in sight.

You'd hate Lacock then!
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« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2022, 06:54:48 pm »

Very disappointing. Not an aerial in sight.

You'd hate Lacock then!

My house too. More in hope than expectation, I wired the aerial up on the attic and put it down on top of the insulation while I went downstairs for the mounting kit and tools. It's still there. It worked fine, so I decided against fixing it.
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« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2022, 08:25:22 pm »

Very disappointing. Not an aerial in sight.

You'd hate Lacock then!

My house too. More in hope than expectation, I wired the aerial up on the attic and put it down on top of the insulation while I went downstairs for the mounting kit and tools. It's still there. It worked fine, so I decided against fixing it.

An IBA engineer once told me that an aerial in the loft loses six sevenths of the signal through the roof tiles.
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« Reply #12 on: September 30, 2022, 02:47:01 pm »

Although they do not suffer from wind damage and corrosion.
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« Reply #13 on: September 30, 2022, 03:35:10 pm »


An IBA engineer once told me that an aerial in the loft loses six sevenths of the signal through the roof tiles.

That may or may not be the case, but it works absolutely fine on every available channel. I tried it just in case it would save me a pretty big job, and for once in my existence, my luck was in.

Although they do not suffer from wind damage and corrosion.

The one at my former place blew down. So did the neighbour's, in his case taking the chimney stack with it.
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« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2022, 10:52:53 am »

An IBA engineer once told me that an aerial in the loft loses six sevenths of the signal through the roof tiles.

I suppose it only becomes an issue the further you get "downwind" from one of these brutes



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