Foundry, 1880s – 1984 (1)

Guiseley Foundry 1950s

Title Foundry
Date 1950s
Location Guiseley
Photo ID E337
Comment Double helical gears which were a specialist product of the foundry. The foundry was housed in an old corn store which was once part of Low Mill, it was said that beams in the roof had been taken from ships of the Spanish Armada. It was situated behind Nunroyd Mill, the building and adjacent land were rented from the Peate family. The business was begun in the 1880s by a Mr Wild, he was joined by Ernest Shaw a Rochdale pattern maker. Wild died in the early 1900s, the business was bought by Ernest’s brother Frank. One of their customers at this time was Walsh and Clark of White Cross, most local firms used the services of the foundry. After 1958 Norman Murphy ran the foundry which specialised in making machine moulded gears.
Guiseley Foundry 1960s

E333 – Foundry, 1960s.

Foundry – 1960s

From left to right are : Eric Smith, Frank Broadbent and Walter Germaine, the men are seen with a finished ring.

Guiseley Foundry 1960s

E406 – Foundry, 1960s.

Foundry – 1960s

Posing with a foundry product are from left to right : Ernest Smith, Cyril Hickling, Eric Wheelhouse and Lewis Lockwood.

Guiseley Foundry 1960s

V01 – Foundry, 1960s.

Foundry – 1960s

Jack Atha (left) and Norman Murphy (right) are standing with a metal ring produced in the foundry, Nunroyd Mill is in the background.
The car with the registration number OWT 400 (Owt for Nowt) belonged to Norman Murphy of GL Murphy Ltd Engineers, Ellar Ghyll.
In 1958 the foundry was in financial difficulties and was bought by Mr Murphy, the car number plate remained in his family for many years.

Guiseley Foundry 1960s

V02 – Foundry, 1960s.

Foundry – 1960s

Behind the van are Ernest Backhouse and Ernest Smith, in front are Frank Broadbent (acting Manager 1958) Cyril Ickling, Lewis Lockwood.
The giant metal ring was produced in the foundry.

Guiseley Foundry 1960s

V03 – Foundry, 1960s.

Foundry – 1960s

Cyril Ickling and Lewis Lockwood are making a sand mould for a casting, this was a very skilled process as the finished product depended on the accuracy of the mould.

Guiseley Foundry 1960s

V04 – Foundry, 1960s.

Foundry – 1960s

The foundry building just before demolition.
Production stopped in 1984, Coates Paton bought Nunroyd Mill and the surrounding land then the site was sold for redevelopment and the foundry was demolished. West Side Retail Park is now on the site (December 2013).

Guiseley Foundry 1960s

V05 – Foundry, 1960s.

Foundry – 1960s

Timber roof structure in part of the foundry building.

Guiseley Foundry 1960s

E609 – Foundry, 1983.

Foundry – 1983

Lorry with castings from the foundry which was the business of G L Murphy Ltd.

Guiseley Foundry 1960s

V16 – Foundry, 1983.

Foundry – 1983

Two workmen in the foundry, iron castings are on the walls and floor.

Guiseley Foundry 1960s

V12 – Foundry, 1983.

Foundry – 1983

A workman wearing goggles is standing on a casting mould and appears to be igniting the top section of the mould.
Two other men are watching.

Guiseley Foundry 1960s

V08 – Foundry, 1983.

Foundry – 1983

A foundry workman shortly before the business closed.
In the past the foundry had supplies of coke, scrap metal and pig iron delivered by horse and cart from the railway station.
Most local mills, factories and businesses used the foundry to supply their iron work, including Aireborough Urban District Council who bought grates for Baxi fires which were fitted in Council houses.

Guiseley Foundry 1960s

V13 – Foundry, 1983.

Foundry – 1983

Interior view of the foundry, castings and moulds are lined up on the floor.

Guiseley Foundry 1960s

V14 – Foundry, 1983.

Foundry – 1983

Molten metal is being poured into moulds, the container of metal is suspended and supported by chains on a pulley system.

Guiseley Foundry 1960s

V14 – Foundry, 1983.

Foundry – 1983

Molten metal is being poured into moulds, it is literally “red hot”.

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Consolidated by Jack Brayshaw. 11 May 2022.
Last updated: 11 May 2022.

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