I decided to go and take some pictures of Davy Markham, as I had been told it had closed down. However I have since found out that Davy Markham hasn’t closed down and is doing well. My Dad, Granddad, Uncle and Great Granddad all worked here. My Grandparents garden was connected to the back of the company. My Granddad got permission to put a gate in the fence, imagine that in this day and age.
Rolling mills and the Lovell Telescope Joderell bank
Davy United’s were famous for making Industrial rolling mills and other large metal structures. My dad helped to make the bearing for the Lovell telescope at Joderell bank. My dad had his name engraved on the original bearing back in the 1950’s/60’s.
The trouble with Davy’s was the militant Unions. They once had held the record for the number of walk outs in a day. My dad left the company in 1970.
Apprenticeship at Davy Mckee
I applied to be an apprentice at Davy Mckees as they were called then in the 1980’s and was turned down. Probably a good thing in the long run for my career.
Drawing offices Prince of Wales rd
Here are a selection of pictures. There are a number of large steel sheds. Each of the main sheds had their own offices. There was also a massive state of the art drawing office, which was sold off and is now a large multi use office block. This office block still looks modern 50 years later.
Trafalgar house did a massive amount of damage to the company and did nothing more than asset strip, selling of assets for maximum profit, with no real interest in the future of the company.
Davy United’s were bought back out by management after being sold off to a foreign investor and merged with Markham of Chesterfield.
If I have been inaccurate, please let me know, so that I can modify the information in the post. Hopefully Davy Markham have a good future ahead, with the resurgance of industry in the UK, following leaving the European Union.
All the best