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Friday, February 27, 2009

Where was the Redditch factory?

Where exactly was the Royal Enfield factory in Redditch, England, and what, if anything, is left of it? Jorge Pullin asks that question on his blog, My Royal Enfields, and he goes to the trouble to try to track the answer down using Google Earth.

According to the circa-1940s Royal Enfield ad copy shown above, the factory was a considerable place: covering 25 acres and employing 1,000 workers. I have read that the location was taken over for modern roadways but more than that I do not know.

Thousands in the UK probably know the answer to this off the top of their heads, and could even sketch the factory location on a map for us. So far, poking around on the Internet in my home here in the U.S., I haven't found the answer.

Anybody?

7 comments:

  1. maybe this link can help you.

    http://picasaweb.google.com/thebatergirls/RoyalEnfieldMuseumInEngland

    Greetings

    from Belgium

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  2. Dear Anonymous: Many thanks for the tip. With the pictures you referenced I was able to find a whole block of buildings of the old factory. Check my updated post.

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  3. Glad to help you on the right track.

    My comliments on your updated post.

    Greetings from Belgium

    Edgard

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  4. Thank you, Edgard, and thank you Jorge. There's something tremendously evocative about an old factory, maybe more so for those of us who never worked in one. An aquaintance tells the story of growing up years ago near the old Studebaker plant. He and some young friends snuck in, as boys will do, and discovered, to their surprise, machinery and car parts still arrayed for production. The company had simply locked the doors and walked away leaving the ghostly factory intact.

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  5. the enfield site is now a industrial park.some of the old offices and work shops are still in use as foctory and storage units and a second hand car lot.
    A.G.D. REDDITCH.

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  6. Thank you A.G.D. and we have some updated information for you and the rest of our readers. Please see this latest post:
    http://tinyurl.com/l2gkjn

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  7. opposite 109 Hewell Rd, Redditch, Worcestershire B97 6AT, UK

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