The Heavy Machine Shop

Here you can listen to memories and see photographs of the Heavy Machine Workshop, or Heavy Machine Shop as it was known.

Those who worked on the machines there were known as Machinists. They were highly skilled at setting up and working on the enormous lathes and planers there which they used to manufacture the larger components needed to build Fielding and Platt's presses, balers, and other large machinery for which the company was renowned.

If you worked in the Heavy Machine Shop you can also add your own memories to the pages here by adding a comment at the bottom of each one. Or why not leave a message on our message board?

Page link: Bryan Mason
Bryan Mason
From apprentice in 1948 to Machine Shop Foreman
Page link: John Cook recalls the Heavy Machine Shop, 1948-55
John Cook recalls the Heavy Machine Shop, 1948-55
Memories of the crane drivers, their "slingers", the tea trolley and practical jokes
Page link: Mr John Cole
Mr John Cole
Machinist, 1946-
Category link: Photographs of the Heavy Machine Shop
Photographs of the Heavy Machine Shop
Views of the Bays, Machinery and Cranes in Hydraulic No. 1 Heavy Machine Shop and Fitting Shop