This week, I have trawled the furthest corners of the net to stir up some very particular memories. This is one of those things that I thought I’d never find pictures of, but whilst searching for something else, I came upon some that stirred recollections of a lost period.
The Superalloys foundry is now long gone – demolished in the eighties – but was situated on the Lichfield Road next to the canal, many Brownhills lads will remember the piles of war scrap that could be seen from the canal towpath opposite the yard. Old military ambulances, searchlights and extraneous metalwork rotted away unloved next to whole aircraft bodies, all being dismantled and melted down for scrap. There were regular fires here, and many of us have memories of trying to get into the yard from the canal. Daring tales exist of yound lads in canoes, rafts and braving canal ice, either to explore or scavenge metal.
I’m after more history of this factory, now long demolished. It was a grimy landmark, visible for miles due to it’s enormous brick chimney. I remember well the art deco frontage and that elegant, square clock. Come on chaps, what can you remember? I know that readers Dave Bishop and Godfrey ‘Oakparkrunner’ Hucker in particular – as a firefighter of the period – has particular recollections of this fascinating factory.
Wildcat has this to say about the foundry yard:
I spent many hours ‘browsing’ around the Super Alloys yard in the mid/late 60’s. What a treasure trove, if only I had realised exactly what I was playing with.
Entry as Matt said was from the rear ( I went in round the back of the ‘egg factory’). A couple of menacing dogs kept most away, but for reasons unknown they were always friendly to me and little brother. I remember seeing a few cockpits/fuselages as well as Anson Mainplanes and a large white fuselage under a canopy.
Nuff of the memory lane waffling, hears a couple of pics from the front of the yard. The condition of the Javelins is remarkably tidy ( doubt they had been there long) What price those fuselages today!!