James Maude Sherwood Foundry

James Maude & Co., Forest Road, Mansfield, were the owners of the Sherwood Foundry founded in 1788 making farm implements and progressed to making decorated Lamp Standards for the Thames Embankment and Pall Mall.

They were also the foundry associated with W.T. Allen between 1881 & 1955 producing Post Office roadside letter boxes for them.

In later years they progressed to manufacturing high precision casting for machine tools.

Finally in May 2003 they went into receivership but in July a management buyout and a change of name to Sherwood Castings prolonged its life until May 2004 When it finally closed thus ending the business of one of Mansfield oldest companies.

In February 2006 the Forest Road site was sold to developers and is now a housing estate.

 

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  • I worked in the machine shop at  Stokes Castings 1960 till they closed. I think some people would be shocked at the working conditions.

    By Dennis Norman (04/02/2016)
  • Anthony I to am  getting old but I worked at the Meadow Foundry around that time on the machine moulding section. I have vivid memories of that time and we made Post Boxes and also the Lamp Standards for the Thames Embankment. The Post boxes were the Town and Country Style not those you generally saw outside of London. I don’t know if both companies were part of a same group but the was a lot of co-operation between Maudes and the Meadow Foundry I seem to think that was the case as we always had visits from a Leicester group of Companies.

    By Malcolm Raynor (18/08/2013)
  • Ii remember this photo well. I am to the right bottom row. We were all fettlers a job not for the faint hearted. A great bunch of lads, I later became fettling shop manager and when the foundry closed I moved to a foundry in sandiacre where I still work today.

    By malcolm (syd) foster (27/11/2011)
  • Same old Smile, you wouldnt have lasted 2 minutes on the back with me mate… Regards Jim Penman x

    By Jim Penman (30/10/2011)
  • What a bunch of good looking geezers? I hope you are all OK

    By Jim Penman (30/10/2011)
  • Went to Clown Tech 1980-84. Knew 2 kids from Mansfield,one called Tim Smith, hippy biker and a kid called Steve. Can’t remember his second name. One of them worked for Maudes, both good lads though,all the best “dee-dah”Paul.

    By paul (09/09/2011)
  • Really sad to learn the foundry is no longer there but was interested to learn that the foundry made the enbankment lamp standards and post office boxes. Now when I worked at the Meadow Foundry in Mansfield (in the sixties) we got the work producing the very same things which I helped to make, it was rumoured that we got the work because thre original foundry couldnt do the work anymore!I never knew it was Maudes which was a pity because there was friendly rivalry between the apprentices as to who was the better foundry. I do remember once being very curious about the type of work the moulders did there and very early one morning on my way to work I managed to jump a wall and get inside and have a quick look around and leave before anyone spotted me, these were the daft things we used to get up to back then – fond memories – I only wish someone had taken photos of the Meadow foundry there seems to be nothing online which is a great pity .

    By Anthony Holmes (30/06/2011)

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