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Broadheath Industrial Park
Lady Kelvin Road - Woodfield Road, Altrincham, Greater Manchester
Broadheath Industrial Park
associated engineer
Not known
date  1885 onwards
era  Victorian  |  category  Factory/Industrial Plant  |  reference  SJ761889
photo  Pau Dunkerley / ICE R&D Fund
Broadheath Industrial Park has the distinction of being the world's first industrial park, pre-dating Trafford Park by a decade. It was founded by the Earl of Stamford in 1885, and covers 101 hectares. From the start it was an important site for its engineering company premises, particularly machinery and tooling workshops.
In the 1900s, businesses on the estate included camera and photographic equipment manufacturer Thornton-Pickard, Tighmans Sand Blast Company, Churchill Machine Tools Company and Linotype Machinery Company (printing equipment). The development also featured a garden suburb-style housing estate with 172 houses on it .
Many of the Broadheath companies closed for business during the late 1980s and their former premises were demolished some 10 years later for new residential developments.
The only substantial complex left on the park is the 12 hectare Linotype Machinery Company works founded in 1896, on the south bank of the Bridgewater Canal. In the centre of its site is the 1897 steel-frame workshop where printing machines are made. It is reputedly four times the size of Westminster Hall in London. The office block has a brick and tile fašade and a clock tower.
The Budenberg Gauge Co Ltd building (built 1913-4, designed by Alfred Steinthal) closed in 2002. It has a curved fašade and has now been converted into loft-style apartments.
Research: PD
bibliography
"A Guide to the Industrial Archaeology of Greater Manchester"
by Robina McNeil and Michael Nevell
Association for Industrial Archaeology, 2000
www.urbansplash.co.uk
Location

Broadheath Industrial Park