William Blythe, Hapton

Date Visited: April 2008

The site was acquired by William Blythe in 1919 from John Riley, a manufacturer of inorganic chemicals. Job losses seem to have occurred every few years in the 90's and with the inevitable increase in competition from Asia, the site finally shut in 2006 with the loss of 50 jobs.

The site had been stripped of all equipment, so all that was left was a few large empty sheds and bits of labs and workshops. I didn't spend that much time there as there wasn't much to see, and the site was completely cleared not long afterwards.

An aerial view from the early 1980's can be seen here, this was more or less the state of the factory at the time of closure.