The Patent Shaft and Axeltree Company Est 1840
The companies origins can be traced
to around 1830
Re-named in 1959 to The Patent Shaft Steel Works
WELCOME TO: WWW.PATENTSHAFT.COM
Original gates in 1978
NEW GATES INSTALLED 24th March 2010
The Patent Shaft Gates
now sit proudly in the heart of the community
THE GATES HAVE BEEN REFURBISHED AND RE SITED:
The Patent Shaft Gates have been refurbished and re sited
on the traffic island by the new Bus station.
This website was set up for one object only;
this was to save the Patent Shaft Gates from the
I am delighted to say that with enormous support, locally,
and "totally unexpected areas of the world" the website has acieved
Many, Many thanks to you all.
Not only from myself but I am sure
heartfelt thanks from the thousands of employees
that passed through the Patent Shaft Gates playing their
part in producing Steel
"24 hours a day 7 days a week"
To build structures all over the Globe.
Although the objective of saving the gates has been achieved,
and information of these structures continue to come to life
so I will continue to
add these to the website to be reminded
of the past history
of this historic company and also pay tribute to the workers
and their achievements.
"THE GATES HAVE
BEEN SAVED" click here:
LATEST NEWS: April 2015
Argentina Railroad Bridge, installed in
the "Sauce Grande River",
and still in
The Gates are now insitu click
ARTICLES - PICTURES - STORIES.
Gateway to America. - Buenos
Aires Transporter Bridge.
Costa Rica: Train Bridge
Brazil:The Century Bridge
Jamaica: Bridge in Rio Nuevo
The link below will take you to pictures
taken by Photographer Mark Wood
They are hopefully the last ones of
in there sorrowfull
Click here to see the pics
Of this website is
to bring together people that remember this large steelworks,
some however will not have fond memories as it was not the
healthiest place on the earth, health and safety was not on
the agenda then as it is now, see article kindly provided by Linda
Farrington. You may not have worked there but you may have played
However it was
a good employer for Wednesbury and the surrounding areas, I
personally served an apprenticeship there which has
certainly given me a good standing in life that I have grown to
appreciate more as I have aged.
Sadly we are not training young people today
as companies did in the past and the UK has paid the price,
click here to appreciate the value of
The Patent Shaft origins can be traced
to around 1830. Unfortunately for those of us that can remember
the decline in the industry around
in the area were faced with closure, the Patent Shaft being one
of them when it closed in 1980, I can still picture the redundant
workers standing around the town centre, the closure left hundreds
being one. It was a sad day when the gates were closed, and they
look even worse now.
The Gates today.
I visited Wednesbury recently and decided
to make a visit and seek out the old gates, which I had passed
through day and night on my shift rota, I was hoping to take a
to place beside the long service awards
earned working in noisy, dusty, hot and dangerous conditions, however
everyone was proud of their jobs as it was a family orientated environment,
I was 14 years old when I started as an apprentice and managed to
do around 14 years, unfortunately no long service award for me, I
dare say however if I had not set up my own business I would have
followed in their footsteps.
I found the gates and sadly once again a very sad
sight. "However" good news click
Did you know click here
Together we can save the gates.
If you feel like me
that our history is being eroded just like these gates then please
me to restore these gates and the history they stand for. WELL!!
Together it worked: click here.
have any comments, photos or maybe
a bit of history to add to this new website then please email
to the address below. I will
with your help to restore these gates and hopefully the memories
I would like to thank Chris Moriarty for running the article in
the Express & Star as I know it will be of great help in kick
starting the project.
I thank Chris and the newspaper again for keeping the
article alive as I have just heard that the gates are to be
repaired and re-sited.
NOTE: Patent Shaft
Between the 5th July to 16th August 2008 there
was a Patent Shaft & Axletree Company exhibition, which
was held at the Wednesbury Museum & At
reunion of ex-employees there
was a great turnout of workers families and friends. Many thanks
Lets hope we see another re-union one day.