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OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD:  OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Steelmaking started in IRLAM & Cadishead with the amalgamation of several companies to form the PARTINGTON STEEL & IRON CO LTD. Which changed names several times over the years through various groupings. The most commonly known name being Lancashire Steel Corporation Ltd. For anyone wanting more detailed information, an exceptionally knowledgeable book on Sixty Five Years Of Steel Making At Irlam was produced by Mr C. Wheaton. This can be obtained from local libraries or the Irlam & Cadishead Historical Society. My attempt with this presentation is just to show some of the pictures relating to the works which may be of interest. Some of the photos are mine, some held by the I&CHS and a few from the web. Any of mine can be used for none commercial purposes with acknowledgement but others should be checked by the user for copyright. I started work for the LSC Ltd on leaving school at 14, ( That was normal in those days ), It was intended that I become an apprentice patternmaker but due to the nepotism that existed in the company I finished up as an oil lad in the locomotive dept. This pleased me as my childhood ambition was to be an Engine Driver and the job enabled me to be in close contact with all the steam locomotives and the crews. It also allowed me to roam freely all over the works, (without supervision), delivering essential oil supplies to the engines but did not please my father who was an Engine Driver on the Manchester Ship Canal Railway. He wanted me in a “Proper Trade” as he said. I didn’t know at that time that I would spend two years there then leave to get a proper trade in engineering then eventually go back to work as a labourer, Overhead Crane Driver and eventually as a Training Officer. I think in total I spent 19 years with the company The works once employed 5500 people at it’s peak, it came into being solely because the building of the Manchester Ship Canal that enabled iron ore and other raw materials to be shipped in bulk from abroad, and unloaded directly to the works wharf at IRLAM. The works finally became uneconomical when the increased cost of transporting materials required the use of bulk carriers that were to big to get through the locks on the same Canal. The works closure was the start of the end for British heavy industry steelmaking and continued after that to effect most other plants throughout Britain. OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD:  OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Partington Steel & Iron Works 1935 The dotted yellow line shows the course of the Irwell before the Manchester Ship Canal Was Dug. North Bank Industrial Estate 2008 The still existing Steelworks Wharf is near top on right Slide3:  Feb 1910 The site for building the Partington Iron & Steel Works at Irlam. Royles Engineering works & St Teresa’s Church in background. One can see the boggy ground conditions due to the meanderings of the rivers Mersey and Irwell OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD:  The Main Office building in 1910. for years the location of the boardroom and home of the bigwigs. The covered portion on right was the pay office where in Jan 1945, at the age of 14yrs, I received my first pay packet as an Oil Boy in the Loco Dept. At that time I never dreamed it would eventually finished up housing the Training Dept where I had my own office. After the works closure. I bought the works managers oak toilet door which served as the back door on our house for many years. OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Irlam & Cadishead History Society Picture Slide5:  20th Jul 1911 Steel from Pearson & Knowles Coal & Iron Co Warrington, for Partington Steel & Iron Co. construction carried on Cheshire Lines Flats. Notice the haystack and farm wagons still on site and the still fairly new railway bridge over the Manchester Ship Canal. OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide6:  1911 ? Partington Steel & Iron Co. - Works Construction begins. I think the labourers had to stand very still for the photographer !. W. Occleston picture OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Slide7:  12th Aug 1911 The site of Partington Steel & Iron Co. works Construction, This picture shows the type of ground the works was to be built on, the rivers Mersey and Irwell snaked all over the Steelworks site before the Manchester Ship Canal was constructed. OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide8:  22nd Jul 911 Partington Steel & Iron Co. - Works Construction OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide9:  1911 ? Partington Steel & Iron Co. - Works Construction OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide10:  1911 ? Partington Steel & Iron Co. - Works Construction OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide11:  1911 ? Partington Steel & Iron Co. - Works Construction OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide12:  12th Jul 1911 Partington Steel & Iron Co. - Works Construction OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide13:  2nd Dec 1911 Partington Steel & Iron Co. - Works Construction OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide14:  9th Mar 1913 Partington Steel & Iron Co. - Construction of Rolling Mills OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide15:  Partington Steel & Iron Co 0-4-0 Engine “ Simon “, it can be seen tipping slag in next picture”. OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide16:  0-4-0 Engine “ Simon “ tipping slag. This practice would light up the sky at night for the next for the next forty or so years and the slag bank would eventually reach to Liverpool road Cadishead. During the war we anticipated the German bombers would have a field day as the light could not be disguised. In the event, as far as I recollect, only one string of bombs fell across Cadishead and the Steelworks. OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Date: Night of 9th/10th September Enemy aircraft visited the areas of Birmingham, Liverpool, Derby and Nottingham about midnight but no reports of any major damage have been received. The Lancashire Steel Corporation's Works were hit and a Blast Furnace damaged but work is proceeding W. Occleston picture Slide17:  22nd Jul 1911 Partington Steel & Iron Co Ltd, Locomotive Steam Crane “ PETER “ seems to be built on same type loco as “SIMON” OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide18:  1911-12 ? This type of engine is fitted with a fresh air cab. OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide19:  1912-13 ? Partington Steel & Iron Co Steam Crane - Judging by roof it has helped build the works. They were still using a couple of steam cranes not much better than this when I started on the works in 1945. OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide20:  1912-13 ? Partington Steel & Iron Co. - Health & Safety ? A most dangerous way of shunting , but still practiced in 1945. OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide21:  1912-13 ? Partington Steel & Iron Co. - More dangerous shunting. They were still doing this when I joined in 1945. OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide22:  OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture 1916 ? Locomotive cabs slowly improved for the driver. Between 1945/46 as a 14yr old oil lad it was my ambition to drive every loco on the works. They had 23 steam locomotives at that time and I managed to drive 21 of them at least for a few yards. The oldest Loco was called “NELSON” which had a cab similar to this one but not the saddle tank, you didn’t necessarily need to look out of the windows because as it went along the frame flexed so much the cab and boiler parted company and you could watch the track through the gaps. Slide23:  Partington Steel & Iron Co. Slag tipping, you can tell by the condition of the Piston Covers these engines had hard life. OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Irlam & Cadishead History Society Picture Slide24:  This one No 13 was still there in 1945 and it was on this one I experienced in my first derailment. I was sat on the brake handle and as the driver and Shunter abandon ship that was the first thing that hit the floor and I bounced off the cab roof and finished up flat on my back covered in coal. The track the driver was racing down was located where the new Irlam & Cadishead bypass now runs. As a teenager I though this was Great, “ I’d been in a train wreck”. It was only 2 hours later as shock set in and my bruises came out, that I thought perhaps it wasn’t so great after all. My treatment for the shock was a cup of strong tea but I had to finish my shift afterwards. OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Slide25:  1911 / 13 General view - 18” Rolling Mills - Taken from near the Slag Plant OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide26:  1913 / 15 ? Partington Steel & Iron Co Rolling Mills - Slag Plant to the left. This looks much more like it was in 1945. The shed near the Loco was the type built for the drivers and shunters in various places around the works and it was from these location I used to take the Loco and get coal & water while the drivers ate. I wonder what would happen nowadays if a 14/15 year old was allowed to drive off in a steam LOCO ?. OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide27:  Partington Steel & Iron Co Ltd OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide28:  1920s Partington Steel & Iron Co Works Brass Band, OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Picture Internet - Anon Slide29:  The New Slag Plant OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Irlam & Cadishead History Society Picture Slide30:  24/10/1930 Coke Oven Charger - It has not been in operation long judging by the cleanliness. OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide31:  22July 1932 Ram & Coal Levelling Machine on Coke Ovens. Another machine I managed to have a go on although it wasn’t so clean in 1945 . I think drivers liked to show off to a 14yr old. OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide32:  10/08/1932 The Coke Oven cooling bed First discharge of coke. The Cooling Tower at the end was the source of the great clouds of steam that were seen for miles around Irlam for many years. The Loco is Electric. I rode on this but never manage to drive it but did manage to unload an oven when it was replaced be a steam loco while it was undergoing repairs. OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide33:  Slag tipping loco and crew. 1932 OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Irlam & Cadishead History Society Picture Slide34:  OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Installing the new Cogging Mill 1930’s ? Irlam & Cadishead History Society Picture Slide35:  OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Installing the new Cogging Mill 1930’s ? Still standing motionless for the camera ? Irlam & Cadishead History Society Picture Slide36:  OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Installing the new Cogging Mill 1930’s ? Irlam & Cadishead History Society Picture Slide37:  OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Ladles for transferring Molten Iron from blast furnace to the Steel Plant Mixer – Fairly late picture as the Loco is a Diesel Irlam & Cadishead History Society Picture Slide38:  OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Pouring steel into moulds from 90ton ladle No 1 Steel Plant. Irlam & Cadishead History Society Picture Slide39:  OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Inside the Foundry, this is were I should have been employed at 14yrs as an apprentice patternmaker but works politics meant I finished up as an oil boy in the Loco Dep’t. On this works it was definitely “ NOT WHAT YOU KNOW BUT WHO YOU KNOW” Irlam & Cadishead History Society Picture Slide40:  OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Irlam & Cadishead History Society Picture Above - Air Raid shelter for the foremen. Below – Air raid shelter for others, when bombs fell at Irlam we were told that one shelter had taken a direct hit but it was empty at the time Slide41:  “A” Furnace construction stage side 31st Jan 1931 OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide42:  “A” Furnace construction Chequer Chamber 13th Jan 1931 OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide43:  “A” Furnace Interior port end 2nd Feb 1931 – During a period when I worked in the yard gang we were sent in these places to renew brickwork even though the furnaces were still to hot for safe working. You could always tell that when your boots caught fire. OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide44:  “A”. Furnace assembling overhead crane and hot metal charging equipment 21st Apr 1932 OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide45:  Furnace Charger Crane & Hot Metal equipment installed. 17th June 1932 OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide46:  18th June 1932 Not sure which furnaces are seen here but on the far one you can see the pattern for the molten metal launder which will be fitted for pouring hot metal into the furnace. You can also see a 90t Ladle in front of the furnace into which the furnace will be tapped. OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide47:  21st April 1932 “H” Furnace - construction completed OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide48:  17th Jan 1933 A furnace in operation - judging by the date and that the furnace front and staging is so neat and clean I would think this is the first charge being put though, OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide49:  A Charger loading a pan of scrap into the open hearth furnace. I only drove one of these for a couple of shifts but I filled the scrap pans hundreds of times with a magnet crane on the new steel plant. OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Irlam & Cadishead History Society Picture Slide50:  23rd Feb 1933 Tapping a 90t Open Hearth Furnace On No 1 plant. Not certain which furnace it is. Once in the fifties as a relief driver on the ladle cranes I had the only crane in operation and four furnaces tapped together. There was so much molten steel and slag about I finished my shift dressed only in my underpants and I think I lost half a stone in weight but I didn’t have time to panic fortunately. OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide51:  OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Irlam & Cadishead History Society Picture I don’t know which furnace or the date of this photo. Slide52:  13th Jan 1932 The new Cogging Mill finally working OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide53:  1930s ? 14” Bar Mill Rolling Rails OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide54:  18th May1932 The wharf completed, Rock breaker in foreground Dredger on right. During my time as a Crane Driver on the works the wharf cranes were the only type I didn’t manage to drive. OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide55:  OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD The wharf cranes unloading ore date unknown. W. Occleston picture Slide56:  OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD 15/12/1932 First consignment of Indian manganese ore shipped to the steelworks wharf. S.S. Malakand unloading. (The Malakand was bombed and blew up with an ammunition cargo in Liverpool 3rd May 1941 ) W. Occleston picture Slide57:  23rd Jan 1923 S.S. Diplomat having unloaded at the steelworks wharf. ( The Diplomat was sunk by Submarine Torpedo Dec 1940 ) OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide58:  6th Oct 1932 S.S. KALIX Unloading Ore OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide59:  21st Dec 1932 View of Steelworks wharf and ore dumps OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide60:  21st June 1932 H.M.S.. Watchman built 1917, passing the Steelworks wharf M.S.C. Dredger and Rock Breaker tied up to wharf OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Irlam & Cadishead History Society Picture Slide61:  H.M.S. Watchman crew members 1918. Not the crew who would have been aboard in 1932 but it gives some idea of the crew size OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Picture Internet - Anon Slide62:  H.M.S. Watchman crew members 1918 OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Picture Internet - Anon Slide63:  21st June 1932 H.M.S. Velox Passing the Steel Works Wharf OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide64:  May 17th 1932 LANCASHIRE STEEL Co -New Rolls Royce Ambulance. Looks like a Vauxhall in the garage OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide65:  A 14t load of tarmac ready to leave the Wigan Plant OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Irlam & Cadishead History Society Picture Slide66:  Side Tipping Tarmac, I think Liverpool Road Irlam. OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD:  OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD The next few slides were taken by me as the last billet of steel was rolled in No 2 ROD MILL IRLAM & CADISHEAD and the works finally died. I knew many, many, people who worked for the steelworks having been employed for a total of nineteen years in various jobs and also involved in the On-Job training of Apprentices and Operatives. Sadly, also involved in having to arrange re-training schemes when the works finally closed with the subsequent redundancies. Unfortunately I never had a good memory for names and in later years have frequently been embarrassed by meeting (strangers ?) who knew me, and to the wife’s question “ who was that “ I could only say I don’t know, I know the face but “. In view of the above confession I would be glad of any help anyone could give to identify any of the people in the pictures. If anyone has any old pictures of any kind relating the Steelworks I would love to include them in this presentation. http://occleston.com/ Any pictures donated would be returned to the donor after copying or passed on to the History Society if so wished. Slide68:  Picture No 1. “ Can You Identify Anyone ? “ OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide69:  OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Picture No 2. “ Can You Identify Anyone ? “ W. Occleston picture Slide70:  OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Picture No 3. “ Can You Identify Anyone ? “ W. Occleston picture Slide71:  OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Picture No 4. “ Can You Identify Anyone ? “ W. Occleston picture Slide72:  OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Picture No 5. “ Can You Identify Anyone ? “ W. Occleston picture Slide73:  OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Picture No 6. “ Can You Identify Anyone ? “ W. Occleston picture Slide74:  OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Picture No 7. “ Can You Identify Anyone ? “ W. Occleston picture Slide75:  Steelworkers present at the last rolling shift as the works finally closed Picture No 8“ Can You Identify Anyone ? “ The man in the foreground is Frank Tully Rod Mill Manager OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide76:  Steelworkers present at the last rolling shift as the works finally closed Picture No 9 “ Can You Identify Anyone ?. OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide77:  Steelworkers present at the last rolling shift as the works finally closed Picture No 60 “ Can You Identify Anyone ? “ OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Picture No 10. “ Can You Identify Anyone ? “ W. Occleston picture Slide78:  OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Picture No 11. “ Can You Identify Anyone ? “ W. Occleston picture Slide79:  OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Picture No 12. “ Can You Identify Anyone ? “ W. Occleston picture Slide80:  OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Picture No 13. “ Can You Identify Anyone ? “ W. Occleston picture Slide81:  The last Coil Rolled At The Lancashire Steel Manufacturing Co Ltd as it finally closed after 70 years. Picture No 14. “ Can You Identify Anyone ? “ OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide82:  Several millworkers wanted to test the last coil produced at Irlam. Picture No 15. “ Can You Identify ? “ OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide83:  Several millworkers wanted to test the last coil produced at Irlam. Picture No 16.“ Can You Identify ? “ OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide84:  Several millworkers wanted to test the last coil produced at Irlam. Picture No 17 “ Can You Identify ? “ OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture Slide85:  The last samples from the last coil of steel produced at IRLAM . Picture No 18. OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD W. Occleston picture OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD:  OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Shortly after the last billet was rolled the Vultures descended and the bones were picked clean. W. Occleston picture OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD:  OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD I drove the overhead crane in this bay when they built the new mill. It was so new the power lines for the crane were not installed and a man was employed to carry the power cables about as you traversed the crane. I don’t think that would be allowed nowadays. W. Occleston picture Slide88:  OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Starting in 1911 the first of the dozens of chimneys that would signify industrial Irlam were going up. In the 1980’s they were ready for coming down. I took this from the Lighting Tower near the main gate. W. Occleston picture OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD:  OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Going, Going W. Occleston picture OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD:  Destroyed in 1981 OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD GONE the lovely Main Office Building built 1911, the sign on the gate says it all. W. Occleston picture OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD:  OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEELMAKING AT IRLAM & CADISHEAD Was there Steel Making at IRLAM & CADISHEAD ? W. Occleston picture Slide92:  If you do have any photographs of the Old Steelworks gathering dust in old boxes. weary1@occleston.com

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