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re: Mansfield Foundries and Roadside Letter Boxes. Manhole covers were also produced in Mansfield. Several years ago I was staying at a small hotel in Sussex Gardens, Lancaster Gate, London. Just outside the front door, and purely by chance, I happened to notice the word 'Mansfield' on a (Victorian?) manhole cover set in the pavement. I also noted the name of the firm which cast it, but unfortunately I can't remember what it was. I have not paid much attention to manhole covers around Mansfield- but if I did I suspect I would find that many were produced locally. Andrew Giles

By Andrew Giles
On 13/07/2010

Meadow Foundry /Sanderson & Robinson /Bowes Scott & Weston were the three Companies that eventually operated off Sheepbridge Lane (Century Avenue) Apart from the Town & Country Post Boxes They Produced many other notable items paticularly in the Sixties !--- GPO Telephone Junction Boxes (there is One on Sandy Lane) 2 Non Slip Treads for the steps on The London Undergound (if in Trafalgar Square look at the Steps) Also the steps for the Carriages on the Tube Trains bearing the coach builders name Metro Cammell Weyman 3 If you are In London and on the embankment then look at the Dolphin Lamp Standards well over a Hundred were made for the extension that was being created. 4 Covers for the underground Pipes at Power Statins (Cottam and Drax certainly) One could go on and On what the Highly Skilled Workforce were Cable Off in The Good Old Days

By Mgr
On 05/10/2010

I saw many of the items mentioned being moulded and cast and helped make quite a few in the sixties , which though I didn't know it at the time was the 'golden age' for employment . Does anyone know of any photos published of Meadow foundry - I have found one but it was before the foundry moved to Sheepbridge Lane.

By Anthony Holmes
On 01/07/2011

I started as a labourer at Sanderson and Robinsons in 1961,after 2 weeks I was redeployed into the blacksmiths and welding shop to work with Cyril Kent, he operated a machine that made heating pipes (Gilled pipes)he taught me to weld and other skills, after a year I was put to work with Walt Moody a maintenance fitter and learnt various skills around the foundry. I will always be grateful to these two men as they taught me a lot,it was a dirty job but very enjoyable as the workforce were a brilliant lot. I left in 1967 but still have very fond memories of the place.

By FRED NEWTON
On 06/08/2011

I am interested in finding information about Luke Abbott who founded the Sherwood Foundry in 1788. I'd especially like to know about his family and if he if he was born in Mansfield or Derbyshire. Arla Weiss

By Arla Weiss
On 06/12/2011

The three companies that merged in 1956 were actually Meadow Foundry Company Ltd./Sanderson and Robinson Ltd./Korting Brothers (1917) Ltd. - the Sanderson and Robinson shareholders also owned Korting Brothers, and instigated the merger in order to expand. If anyone has further information, I'd be really interested, as my Great Great Grandfather was Frederic Arthur Robinson - the original Robinson from Sanderson and Robinson Ltd.

By Andrew Dove
On 07/06/2012

What a coincidence, just last week my wife and I were having a coffee break at the Café Nero coffee shop opposite the Ritz hotel on London's Piccadilly when she said "You won't believe this but that post box was made in Mansfield". It had two apertures and near the bottom front it clearly stated "Made by the Meadow Foundry Company, Mansfield, Notts". from this article I now know that this was a Large Double Aperture Type C Pillar Box.

By John Walker
On 30/06/2013

I started working at Meadow Foundry in 1959 and then on to James Mauds in 1982. I was involved at Meadow Foundry in the making of the last dolphin lamps for the Thames embankment and also the double sided post office boxes. I retired in 2004 and have very fond memories of both foundries. Bob Betts

By Bob Betts
On 10/02/2014

Brian Moody has responded to the post by Fred Newton, above, by creating a new page entitled 'Mansfield's Foundries'. Fred Newton spoke  about the Sanderson & Robinson foundry and made reference to Walter (Walt) Moody who is his father. Please take a look at the new page for more information and photographs.

By The Editors
On 16/09/2014

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