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 Limited.

Original gates in 1978


The Patent Shaft Gates
now sit proudly in the heart of the community


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
Scrap yard.
I am delighted to say that with enormous support, locally,
Nationaly and "totally unexpected areas of the world" the website has acieved its Goal.
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,
photos 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.


LATEST NEWS: April 2015

Argentina Railroad Bridge, installed in 1929
over the "Sauce Grande River",
and still in service.

The Gates are now insitu click here


The Gateway to America. - Buenos Aires Transporter Bridge.

Costa Rica: Train Bridge

Brazil:The Century Bridge

Japan: Lake Shikotsu

Jamaica: Bridge in Rio Nuevo

Did you know?

The link below will take you to pictures taken by Photographer Mark Wood
They are hopefully the last ones of the gates in there sorrowfull state.
Click here to see the pics

The Mission.
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 most 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 here Brunswick Park

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 an apprenticeship

The Past.
The Patent Shaft origins can be traced to around 1830. Unfortunately for those of us that can remember the decline in the industry around 1970 large factories 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 out of work, my father 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 photograph to place beside the long service awards my grandfather and father had truly 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 here:

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 help me to restore these gates and the history they stand for. WELL!! Together it worked: click here.

If you 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 endeavor with your help to restore these gates and hopefully the memories they represented.

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 Exhibition and re-union

Between the 5th July to 16th August 2008 there was a Patent Shaft & Axletree Company exhibition, which was held at the Wednesbury Museum & At Gallery. reunion of ex-employees there was a great turnout of workers families and friends. Many thanks to organizers:
Lets hope we see another re-union one day.