The Pattern-making Shop

Here you can listen to memories of the Pattern-making Shop. Here Pattern-makers would make "patterns" which were wooden models of the castings that were made in the Foundry. Patterns were crucial to the making of castings in the Foundry. The pattern would be made in wood to the shape of the piece that needed to be cast. Foundrymen would then use them to shape the Foundry's sand into which molten metal would be poured to create the casting. Pattern-makers were generally regarded as one of the most highly-skilled workers.

Page link: Bob Madeley remembers rats in the Pattern Shop in the late 1930s
Bob Madeley remembers rats in the Pattern Shop in the late 1930s
And how the Pattern Makers dealt with them...
Page link: Lionel Longney remembers the Pattern-making Shop, 1945-1949
Lionel Longney remembers the Pattern-making Shop, 1945-1949
Memories of the "beautiful craft of pattern-making"
Page link: Stan Nash
Stan Nash
Apprentice pattern-maker 1934-1939
Page link: William
William "Bill" Prior
Pattern-maker and foreman 1916-1949
Page link: Photograph of the Pattern Shop
Photograph of the Pattern Shop
View taken inside the Pattern Shop, c.1956