EAW035043 ENGLAND (1951). The Michelin Tyre Factory, Stoke-on-Trent, 1951

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Details

Title [EAW035043] The Michelin Tyre Factory, Stoke-on-Trent, 1951
Reference EAW035043
Date 20-March-1951
Link
Place name STOKE-ON-TRENT
Parish
District
Country ENGLAND
Easting / Northing 387171, 343545
Longitude / Latitude -2.1911316482983, 52.988776362465
National Grid Reference SJ872435

Pins

Michelin Tyre Co Ltd shunt engine

bescotbeast
Sunday 14th of January 2018 04:12:10 PM
looks like a 12 ton vent van, light grey in colour so un-fitted

bescotbeast
Sunday 14th of January 2018 04:00:34 PM
looks to be a coal droop for the boiler house

bescotbeast
Sunday 14th of January 2018 03:59:07 PM
The only wagon I can see on the site, looks like a 5 plank open wagon

bescotbeast
Tuesday 23rd of September 2014 06:44:40 PM
California Wagon works

bescotbeast
Tuesday 23rd of September 2014 06:40:58 PM
Public house, currently known as "The Cottage"

bescotbeast
Tuesday 23rd of September 2014 06:37:51 PM
Michelin has always had a thriving sports & social club throughout its factory network, referred to as the Michelin Athletic Club, or MAC. This was the first Clubhouse, opened in 1935 and which comprised a dance hall, billiards room, function room, bars etc. It even had a rifle range in the basement!

Niblett
Friday 1st of August 2014 04:23:57 PM
Michelin's sports grounds - called the MAC (Michelin Athletic Club) - and which were moved to Trent Vale when the Potteries 'D' Road/A500 was built and necessitated a major interchange at this point.

Niblett
Friday 1st of August 2014 04:20:42 PM
Kensington Road, Oakhill

Niblett
Friday 1st of August 2014 04:16:32 PM
London Road, Oakhill

Niblett
Friday 1st of August 2014 04:15:18 PM
The line of the defunct Newcastle Branch of the Trent & Mersey Canal

Niblett
Friday 1st of August 2014 04:14:44 PM
The building maintenance workshops which included a large woodworking department, pattern shop and signwriting section.

Niblett
Friday 1st of August 2014 04:13:36 PM
Service Z - Building 4 - production of all the rubber mixings used in tyre production. 'Synthetic' rubber was pretty new at this time, most rubber being 'natural' but by the 1970s major new processing departments for synthetic rubbers were built.

Niblett
Friday 1st of August 2014 04:08:32 PM
Main engineering workshops: Service V Building 7 (mechanical), Service BFE Building 6 (electrical)

Niblett
Friday 1st of August 2014 04:01:46 PM
Building 12 - production of the textile cord (a spinning operation) used in the fabrics for tyre production

Niblett
Friday 1st of August 2014 03:59:59 PM
Building 2 - production of textile fabric used in tyre production

Niblett
Friday 1st of August 2014 03:58:33 PM
Serice O - Building 1 - production of car tyres, van tyres and truck tyres

Niblett
Friday 1st of August 2014 03:55:36 PM
Service Y - Building 13 - housing the production of cycle tyres & inner tubes, car and truck tyre inner tubes, truck tyre flaps and various miscellaneous products.

Niblett
Friday 1st of August 2014 03:54:24 PM
Michelin employees at Stoke are all familiar with this central thoroughfare on the site - known as Birmingham Road (all the main roads were named, most after major towns). It was often said that, in the 1960s and 70s, some folks spent much of their working day walking up and down this road!

Niblett
Friday 1st of August 2014 03:51:17 PM
Michelin patented the world's first practical radial tyre in 1946. It was steel-braced, known as the 'X', and required major investment in steel cord production. The processes were novel and kept highly secret to ensure Michelin's lead in this revolutionary development. This was the first building, number 43, built to house the new processes.

Niblett
Friday 1st of August 2014 03:47:21 PM
The 9-storey tyre warehouse which, by this date, had a small room on the roof used to spot and identify aircraft during the War.

Niblett
Friday 1st of August 2014 03:42:16 PM
The main boiler house containing two pairs and three single boilers, all coal-fired at this time

Niblett
Friday 1st of August 2014 03:40:16 PM
The site's main administrative block, known as Building 10, completed in 1929 and extended by an extra floor in 1956

Niblett
Friday 1st of August 2014 03:38:38 PM

Niblett
Friday 1st of August 2014 03:36:20 PM
Oakhill Gate, a pedestrian-only entrance to the site

Niblett
Friday 1st of August 2014 03:35:57 PM
The tree-lined Campbell Road

Niblett
Friday 1st of August 2014 03:35:20 PM
This is the rail entrance to the site, known as Leicester Gate. Use of the line declined after the Second World War and it ceased entirely by 1961. This 1951 image shows no obvious traffic anyway on the network which was still largely intact - about 2 miles in total within the works.

Niblett
Friday 1st of August 2014 03:34:54 PM