Universal Salvage scrap yard

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  1. kingkobra74

    kingkobra74 Member

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    Does anyone remember where this was? I think it was near Unstone and probably went around the time the bypass was built. Just wondering as my dad used to work there in the late 70's.
     
  2. Fly

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    Google finds this list of pubs.

    LOCK KEEPER, The; Meltham Lane, Tapton.
    Part of the Brewsters chain. Opened in 2000 on the site of the Universal Salvage scrap yard, near Tesco's. A “family” pub along the usual lines—indoor adventure playground for the kids, old books and farmyard implements whacked onto the walls, and so on.

    Here's the link.
    http://chesterfield-pubs.blogspot.com/2 ... -lord.html

    I personally thought it was on Newbridge Lane Old Whit, later turned into Mick Hills.
    But I'm probably wrong.
     
  3. alsatian

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    Yes, Fly is 100% correct - Universal Salvage was based where the Lock Keeper is now. I used to live in one of the (then) new houses on Swaddale Avenue (1970s) and the scrap yard was just t'other side of the railway lines from the back of our house.

    If you happened to be around when they were 'blasting' it was a case of 'Your life in their hands'!! There was an article in the DT where a piece of metal escaped from the blast chamber, flew over the railway lines, through a neighbours kitchen window and finally embedded itself in the far wall! :eeek:

    Happy days! :lol2:
     
  4. kingkobra74

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    Nice one, thanks.

    Do you think it also spread onto the old Tesco site? I remember it being a pretty big place, but I was only about 6 at the time, so may have been smaller than I remember.
     
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    Dont think so from memory i worked on the new canal bridge, many years ago and seem to remember their boundry next to the canal Sainsburys side,but could be wrong .
     
  6. kingkobra74

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    Hi.

    Managed to talk to my mum about it, and she also seems to think it was also in Unstone, but does remember it also being where the pub now stands. She seems to remember them moving to Unstone, probably because of the re-routing of Lockoford Lane. From her description of where it was in Unstone, I think it was here. Juding from them aerial photo, it looks like there is still something similar to a breakers yard there now.
     
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    Prior to the tesco roundabout, you got into universal salvage on the old lockoford lane, just on the opposite side of the road from where the mercedes dealer now is, when the road layout was altered, the(new) road from tesco to sainsburys cut right through the scrapyard, after that,you gained access to universal salvage on Meltham lane,& after that they didn't break cars anymore, they just sold repairable salvage.There has always been a scrayard at unstone,as far as i can remember(in my lifetime) but not sure if it was ever universal salvage.
     
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    where was the scrapyard in Unstone then?
     
  9. kingkobra74

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    Looking at the aerial photo on google maps, the one in Unstone is just down the road from the Fleur de Lys pub on the B6057, behind the old petrol station.

    I'm pretty certain this is where I remember going as a kid, as I remember waiting for a bus outside, and a railway bridge, both of which are right outside the breakers yard. If you are right, and it was never Universal Salvage, then I have another theory. I remember Dad being made redundant, so if this coincides with the time that U.S. stopped breaking cars, then I guess that was the reason why he lost his job, as he was a welder. Maybe where I remember going wasn't U.S. at all and some other breaker he started working for.

    Any idea of the year Lockoford Lane was re-routed?
     
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    There was a scrapyard behind the petrol station,just up the road from the fleur de lys pub
     
  11. sandy

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    Probably around mid 1980s, when the bypass(inner relief road) was built.
     
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    Hi

    Looking at the dates from the last posts im not sure anyone will read much of this but here goes.

    I worked at Universal salvage when I was in my late teens, it was great as I had just got into cars and driving, the site was on Lockoford Lane but had to be chopped up and moved when the bypass was built, it moved to Sandtoft in Doncaster soon after. For a scrap yard it was very organised and had depots all over the country and 1 in Scotland.

    I have lots of info on the place if anyone is intersted, There was also another company there called Steel Breaking and Dismantling, they had been on the site since the early 1900's. In one of the posts it is mentioned that a piece of stell flew over the railway lines and into a house, im not surprised as we used to blow up hammer blocks from the steel works in Sheffield and Rotherham with dynomite (Lots of it !!! )

    So if you have any questions post them, Love reminising about working there its was lots of fun but very dangerous, I think a blind eye was turned to H&S wouldnt get away with it these days.
     
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    I used to live in the older houses on Swaddale Avenue and have put some photos on the post 'Chesterfield used to have 3 railway stations' of the scrapyard. I too remember the huge explosions in the pit plus the huge amount of smoke when they set fire to a line of old railway carriages!
     
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