PICTURE LIST 1 ( 1 - 52 )

LIST AND SHORT DESCRIPTION OF LOW MOOR IRONWORKS / STEELWORKS PHOTOGRAPHS

  1. Aerial view of works about 1970 . New Works Road in foreground.                                                                     (Photo permission of Woods Visual Imaging Bfd. )

  2. General view of works in 1980.Taken from Royds Hall area.

  3. General view of works from Manor Row area.  ( 1982 ).

  4. Early picture of main entrance and offices from cooling water dams in Brighouse Rd. Note cupola on office roof , this later preserved and now part of an exhibit at Bfd.Industrial Museum along with 2 cannons which were used as gateposts for the work's main gate. ( See photograph 72 ) .

  5. Corner of office building at main gate and workers housing in Long Row during demolition.approx 1985.

  6. Side of office building at main gate and workers housing in Long Row during demolition.

  7. Works Canteen. This was part of the workers housing of Long Row with evidence of demolished housing.

  8. Corner of Long Row and New Works Rd. In the corner behind this wall were the stables for the works many draught horses.

  9. Stables during demolition.

  10. Feeding troughs and hay racks inside stables

  11. Electric arc furnace in melting bay.

  12. General view of melting bay.

  13. Ladles into which molten metal ( during " tapping " of furnace ) was transferred to casting bays.

  14. General view of melting bay.

  15. Ladle and electric arc furnace.

  16. Ladle.

  17. Transfer passage between melting bay and casting bay. Ladles loaded with molten metal were place on the carriage shown and pushed through into the casting in the background. Here it was lifted and the metal poured into moulds to for ingots.

  18. Casting bay.

  19. Casting bay.

  20. Casting bay moulds and tongs used to handle the hot ingots when removed from the moulds.

  21. Building which appears to have been used as an engine house, judging by the reinforcement around the central " window ".

  22. Old pay office.

  23. Gantry cranes in steel stockyard with electro-magnet suspended from hook.

  24. Tower ( unsure of it's use ) . Used to have an illuminated sign on the roof .

  25. View from the top of tower.

  26. The works was split into many and varied uses when the industry contracted. Beyond the wire can be seen what was the main works road running up from the main gate and offices which can be seen in the background.

  27. Old blacksmith's shop.

  28. Unknown

  29. Worn flight of steps outside original offices.

  30. Original office buildings . Let into the wall can be seen a cast plate bearing the initials of the original founders of the company .

  31. As above.

  32. Close up of the cast plates . These were fastened to the 2 original blast furnaces and the initials are of Hird.Jarratt.Dawson and Hardy, the founders and the date of 1790.

  33. Selection of hammers.

  34. Known as the " Big Hammer ". When in use this could be heard in most areas of Low Moor and felt in many.

  35. Extrusion equipment

  36. As above.

  37. Annealing furnaces.

  38. Old warehouse building , note the super door hinges.

  39. View across to the ends of the casting bay ( right ) and melting bay ( left ).

  40. Office buildings at one time containing drawing offices and laboratories.

  41. Old engine house which provided power for below rolling mill.

  42. Support beams in above.

  43. As above.

  44. Old rolling mill entrance.

  45. Old rolling mill with large flywheel.

  46. As above , but showing rolls.

  47. Large flywheel.

  48. Large flywheel.

  49. Large flywheel.

  50. Large flywheel.

  51. Large flywheel.

  52. Large flywheel now preserved and used as monument to what was a great company. This is now mounted in New Works Road near it's junction with Huddersfield Road.