ST6473 : The back of the bike sheds

taken 1 month ago, near to Kingswood, South Gloucestershire, England

The back of the bike sheds
The back of the bike sheds
Douglas Motorcycles used to be a major employer in Kingswood and occupied a massive engineering works here. Founded by brothers William and Edward Douglas in 1882, the firm had a finger in a number of pies locally, including the important boot and shoe production, general engineering, and foundry work; but all of these were in some way owned or operated by the Douglas family.

Douglas Motorcycles were a prominent firm that were boosted by contracts to supply machines in WWI. That did not, sadly, prevent the firm from failing in the 1930s and they became part of Bendix Westinghouse; the Second World War brought more demand during conflict again, but trade fell after that. Closure became inevitable and now the site is due to be redeveloped for housing. However, one developer has gone bust and the scheme has stalled.

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Geographical Context: Business, Retail, Services Suburb, Urban fringe Construction, Development Primary Subject: Factory other tags: Derelict Factory Click a tag, to view other nearby images.
This photo is linked from: Automatic Clusters: · Part of Kingswood [9] · Douglas Motorcycle [5] ·
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 29 May, 2024   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 9 July, 2024
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 6468 7329 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:27.4487N 2:30.5847W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 6467 7331
View Direction
South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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