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froth when i did the tour 2 years back just before they closed up for restoration it was so spooky at night time...no lighting just torches...such atmosphere...well worth a visit i would say its part of our history and not over priced either
yes viv we were told about the royal connections on the tour i went on a couple of years back...great isnt it....just read the link you posted and noticed that once again the wording in the report is not strictly true...newmans did not actually produce the coffins they only made the fittings and interiors...little bit misleading..although having said that when i was there they did have a coffin on display just to make it a bit more spooky lol..looking forward to visiting again i want to see the drop forge at work...
Was a bit surprised about that Lyn as I too thought it was only fittings produced there. I notice from bits I've read that they have shroud material etc there. Maybe they're adding other coffin related items to add more interest for visitors. Does anyone know exactly what they produced? Was it just metal coffin fittings? Viv.
viv i belive they also made the shrouds and of course the fancy linings for the coffins...my pics at the start of the thread show some of the fittings and fancy things made for the outside of the coffins and i think there is a pic of the ladies at work on their machines...
it has viv and it has not taken that long either...just shows what can be done to save our historic buildings...this city of ours is steeped in history and a lot more should be done to save it before before we lose sight of what was once the city of a thousand trades...
Today Lyn & myself visited Newman's coffin requisites factory, now reorganised , and approved by health & safety. We can both well recommend a visit, and would advise a guided tour , rather than just looking around, as that way you see the stamps etc in operation, and hear some interesting anecdotes from the volunteer showing you round.
At one time everything was made on the premises other than the wooden coffin itself, though in later years for varioyus reasons, including the introduction of plastic parts, some were bought in , at least in the raw unplated state. The picture below shows the inner courtyard
One of the stamps being operated and then the press for cleaning off excess from round the sides
Some of the dies used to press out the metal in the required shape, and a selection of handles etc produced, including the ones in the wooden box at the front, which were identical to those specially made for Winston Churchill's coffin (though later by public demand manufactured for others prepared to pay the price
Then machine for crimping (I think that is the word) the material in different patterns to go round the edges of the coffin. This machine is not shown working as the volunteers value the ends of their fingers.
A coffin with all the bits and pieces on and lining fitted
When the factory was closed it happened suddenly and some people even left their coats and handbags there. One women actually came back after the museum opened and pointed her handbag out, but said they could keep it as it had been there over 10 years. Other things remaining were bottles of pale ale and champagne to entertain customers and the list be the tea kettle of how the workers liked their tea