Designed by W J Hale in a subtle but striking Deco style. It was built in 1942. Clarkson was a Nuneaton firm, we mannaged last year Oct 13, 2009 we had a look look inside. It got swallowed up a huge company in the 1990’s to become Hydra Clarkson, who also owned many other famous cutting tool names. The buiding was badly flooded in the early 00’s and the Japanese firm that owned it was considering closure or a works move. I have been unable to find out which went ahead, but anyway this left the works unused and derelict.
Arising from the minutes of the meeting held on 27th May, 2008, the Interim Director of Development Services reported orally that following the decision of the Board to afford protection to the Hydra Clarksonâs building through its inclusion in an extension of the Kelham Island Industrial Conservation Area, the building was now protected from demolition and that whilst the owners were pursuing a review of the decision, efforts were being made by various agencies to find a new owner for the building to ensure its preservation for the future.
This however was not enough to save the building. On the 6th June 2010 the remains shall be blown up at 1030am in the morning, this been visit number 2 since the start of demolition, our first we got caught by security, two we manged to get some images and decided we just archive them, today Sunday 22nd on a bright May Day of sunshine solo i had another wonder here are images from Oct 13, 2009 and the last bit shall be blown On the Sunday 6th June 2010 message me for info on a good access to view and take images..
Onto the images then..