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Filename: jlp01_08_087498.jpg

Size: 6557 x 5158 (5.1MB)

Date: 6th October 2021

Source: Historic England

Credit: A© Historic England Archive. Joh

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: Historic England Archive

Owner URL: https://images.historicenglandservices.org.uk/

© Historic England Archive. John Laing Photographic Collection

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Bottesford Airfield JLP01_08_087498

Bottesford Airfield, Bottesford, Melton, Leicestershire. The interior of a large corrugated steel fabrication shop at the Bottesford pre-yield depot, showing workers cutting and welding pipework.
In 1969, Laing Pipelines established their pre-yield depot at Bottesford Airfield near Grantham. Large diameter steel pipes for gas feeder mains could be tested at the depot to yield under hydraulic pressure

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© Historic England Archive. John Laing Photographic Collection

1970s Depot Engineering People At Work Pipelines


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This print captures a significant moment in the history of Bottesford Airfield, located in Melton, Leicestershire. The image showcases the interior of a vast corrugated steel fabrication shop at the Bottesford pre-yield depot during the 1970s. A group of dedicated workers can be seen diligently cutting and welding pipework, their skilled hands bringing intricate engineering projects to life. In 1969, Laing Pipelines chose this very location to establish their pre-yield depot near Grantham. This decision allowed for large diameter steel pipes destined for gas feeder mains to undergo rigorous testing under hydraulic pressure within these walls. The significance of this facility cannot be overstated as it played a crucial role in ensuring the safety and efficiency of gas transportation systems. The photograph beautifully encapsulates both the scale and complexity of this industrial setting. The sheer size of the fabrication shed is awe-inspiring while simultaneously highlighting the meticulous attention paid by each worker present. Their expertise shines through as they navigate through an array of tools and machinery with precision. As we delve into this snapshot from yesteryears, we are transported back to an era where hard work and craftsmanship were paramount. It serves as a testament not only to human ingenuity but also to how our infrastructure has evolved over time. This remarkable piece from Historic England Archive offers us a glimpse into an important chapter in Bottesford Airfield's rich history – one that deserves recognition for its contribution to engineering excellence

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