Access road to Whessoe

t15257The old access road to the Whessoe works, formerly know as the South Works of Ashmore Benson & Pease. By the time I took this picture in 1985, it has been breached by the new A66 road. This section still exists as Innovation Way and serves a small commercial area.

Photograph and details courtesy of  Kevin McGowan.

3 thoughts on “Access road to Whessoe

  1. This Whessoe factory used to be a pressure vessel fabrication shop with I believe the largest diameter horizontal lathe in the U.K., was closed in the early 80’s. in 1984 part of the old workshops were rented by Taylor Warren, a Billingham based medium sized fabrication company who used the shops to build a prototype ammonia reactor for I.C.I. and the 20” diameter Fulmar sub-sea diverter manifold for Shell U.K. who were also having sub-sea protection structures being fabricated there at the same time by another small Stockton based fabricator. This photo was taken whilst this work was ongoing.
    I was the Senior Inspector in charge of the work by Taylor Warren.

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  2. After I scanned this I noticed the metal gates at the end of the road. So it looks like the site was still accessible at this time. Although I don’t know if the A66 was ever closed to allow an oversized load to cross.

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  3. Great picture Kevin, including the Whessoe sign and the underpass that has been buried (might of been useful that), but you can still see the concrete and railing that were above the entrance. Innovation Way is now partly residential, serving some of the houses built on the old Visqueen site. https://goo.gl/maps/fZ6HyN29ZF72

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