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Peabody Foods building 1988
Above site 2001
 
 
At the centre of the Trading Estate was Airscrew Howden, (on the site of the IBM Offices) where some 80% of propellers used by British World War II aircraft (up to 2,000 blades a week) were produced. Nearby, the World War I Lang Propeller Factory, incorporated into the former Peabody Foods buildings, was a large-scale enterprise. Aero engines were tested in this area during the 1914-18 war, some by Gordon Watney, who also tuned early cars here.

 

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