Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield or Birmingham?
At a glance one would guess that this photograph was of a factory in perhaps Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield or Birmingham; so readers will be surprised to learn that it was actually taken at the CVA factory in Portland Road Hove around 1965. Just nearby, in the beautiful residential area of New Church Road and Wish Park, desirable houses now sell for in excess of one million pounds, and heavy industry would be very out of place.
Opened early in 1930
It’s probable that the pig iron was melted in a coal powered cupola furnace, as the chimney seen here at the rear of the Portland Road site suggests. It must have caused a lot of pollution, however at this time air quality was given little consideration, and global warming was unheard of. The foundry opened early in 1930, and replaced the smaller foundry which can be seen here
While a foundry close to the beautiful residential area would not be tolerated today, when it opened the world was very different, and it provided much needed employment to many who lived on the estates nearby to the north. This continued right up to 1969/70 when it closed and castings were replaced by heavy steel fabrications, with any small requirement for castings being sub-contracted.