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Reeds of Lydbrook seen from the air.

Aerial view

Reeds Corrugated Cases from the air

Can anyone describe which buildings are which?
What was the purpose of the tower? and was it disguised as a church tower during WWII?

John Wilcox added: "... The house in the centre of the picture was the Station-Master's House I believe - from the time when the 'Severn & Wye' railway track from the Lydbrook direction (right) ran into the site before leaving again via the railway bridge over the river Wye and through the tunnel towards Kerne Bridge, Ross etc. on the 'Wye Valley Line'. Hence the V shape of the site as a whole which can be seen from this aerial shot".

"Kath Rawlings mentioned by Tony Adams an earlier text on this site used to travel to work by this railway from Goodrich on a daily basis. This would have been when the site was the original cableworks of which I know little. I understood the tower was used in the production of cables for the coating/covering process I believe the reason being that if the plastic outer coating was applied horizontally it would sag, whereas running vertically up and down the tower it would remain evenly coated around the metal cable core. The tower was a late investment in the cableworks era and became a fire risk in the REED days due dust accumulation and was removed. Hope this is correct as I was a box man".

"I would imagine the factory was disguised during the war due to the possible value of the cable production but more importantly production of part of the PLUTO pipeline used for the D-Day landings. In the REED SCA days the top end of the V to the left of the house was the Powell Lane speciality unit. The lower wider part of the site was the main Box plant with paper warehousing at the bottom right. Evidence of the remains of outside storage of kraft paper reels is still evident. Buildings around the site edges were generally for other paper and storage together with offices. I also believe the buildings at the top end with the house type roofs were used by the site manager in the earlier cableworks days, hence the rather splendid staircase and woodwork present in the building. Despite the obvious proximity to a very flood prone river the site generally did not flood apart from the cellars under the main lower factory area".

Jim Prosec added (August 2011): "... I will never forget this place as long as I live. I saw my first ghost here while on my own guarding the site and I made sure it was my last. I was here in 1997. Some nights I could watch the badgers at the top of the site and sometimes watch otters on the river bank on a warm sunny afternoon. All the chaps that worked there at the time were great. Had a walk past recently and the site looks so bad and in disrepair, shame really".

Richard McDonald added (November 2016): "... My father was a shift manager here when I was about 8 years old in about 1970. We lived in the station house in the picture for about a year or so before he moved on th another Reeds factory in Histon. I have so many happy memories of walking by the river and exploring when I was a child. I'd love any pictures of the station house. This is the clearest I have seen so far".

Richard Hathaway added (June 2017): "... I used to work in the Electrician's Maintenance Shop, I started the end of 1959. Used to walk from Cross Keys to Kerne Bridge to catch the Red and White Bus. Sometimes used to cycle or ride a Motorcycle to the Cable Works. Used to get 43 Shillings for a 47.5 hour week. In the Winter if the River Wye was in Flood, would have to go across Coppet Hill, and scramble down over JACOBS LADDER and go across the Railway Bridge to get to the Factory. The Railway Station Building was Demolished in the 1960's and reassembled at Winchcombe. Most of the Original Factory Buildings still exist, I believe the Wire Mills was the last one to be built. Sad to see it in the state it is now in 2017".


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