Tuesday, January 20, 2015

News: Historic Rotherham industrial property up for auction

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The relocation of Rotherham retailer, Fosters Cycles, sees part of the iconic former Effingham Works on the edge of the town centre put up for auction for a quick sale.

Fosters Cycles has recently closed its Thames Street branch and moved to the head office site on Doncaster Road, Thrybergh, alongside sister business, Fosters Garden Centre. Here the adjacent petrol station had been up for sale.

The move means that the 10,818 sq ft former premises will go under the hammer on January 27 with local auctioneers, Mark Jenkinson & Son. It has been given a guide price of £100,000, having previously been available for £200,000.

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The three storey property makes up a large portion of the former Effingham Works, a rare surviving piece of industrial architecture in Rotherham. The imposing building was built in 1855 for stove grate manufacturers, Yates and Haywood, in front and around their original building. It was reputed at the time it was built to be the largest factory of its kind in the world.

James Yates trained as a model-maker for the famous Walker family but in 1823 he took over the Walkers' Foundry business and went into partnership with Charles Samuel Roberts Sandford at the Phoenix Works. The partnership was dissolved in 1838 and Yates took the Rotherham Foundry which specialised in stove grate work. He also acquired the premises of the Masbrough Flax Works upon the site of which the Effingham Works was later erected.

Yates remained on his own until 1846 when George Haywood and John Drabble were taken into partnership and the company took the name Yates, Haywood and Co. Having received considerable praise for their work at the Great Exhibition of 1851 in Hyde Park, the firm went on to prosper from its new premises. In the end, the company was taken over by William Heaton Holdings Ltd in 1967 and closed down in 1970.

The building has since been home to a number of uses including, retail and trade counters, a printers, a nightclub and dance studio.

Mark Jenkinson & Son website

Images: Mark Jenkinson & Son

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