The Foundries

Here you can see photographs and hear memories of the foundry where the larger parts of the machines that Fielding and Platt manufactured were made.

There were two foundries at Fielding and Platt: one an iron foundry, the other a brass foundry. In the foundries, skilled workers (called foundrymen) would make the large parts of Fielding's machines by casting them.

A casting would be made using a wooden pattern made by the Pattern makers in the Pattern Shop. The foundrymen would use the wooden pattern, which was a full-size model of the piece they had to make in metal, and place it in the foundry's sand. They would then "build up" the sand around the pattern until it had impressed in the sand the shape of the piece that had to be made. They could then carefully remove the wooden pattern and pour the molten metal in the mould they had made. It could take days for the larger castings - some of which were the size of a single-decker bus - to cool and be ready for use.

If you have memories of working in or visiting either foundry then you can add your memories here, either by registering on the site and adding a page, adding a comment at the bottom of one of the pages here, or leaving us a message on our message board.

Page link: Bob Madeley remembers the foundries, c.1939
Bob Madeley remembers the foundries, c.1939
Memories of the two iron foundries and the brass foundry
Page link: Henry Arthur Williams
Henry Arthur Williams
Apprentice Moulder in the Foundry from 1897 and later company Gateman