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Who remembers when Bridon was't a housing estate?

Published: 18/04/2020 By Mark Nicholson

Who remembers this place: Bridon Ropes?

The Bridon Ropes factory occupied the land that we now know as ‘the Bridon estate’. It produced wire ropes for a multitude of applications ranging from suspension bridges to cranes and cable cars.

Who remembers the big blue water tower that was visible above the roof tops and the gate house?

The origins of the factory are unclear and the earliest photograph I could locate dates back to 1918, when the workforce was mainly women due to the war.

Back then the factory was called the Ordsall Wire works. In 1924 eight companies, including Ordsall Wire merged together to become British Ropes.

In 1935 the factory was completely rebuilt and remained British Ropes until 1974 when the factory’s name was changed to Bridon Ropes.
The factory closed in 2004 and was demolished.

For over a century a familiar daily sight was seeing 100s of men and women entering and leaving the factory via Ollerton road. If you drive down Ollerton Road today, you wouldn’t even know that the factory existed.

Fortunately, the factories cricket ground remains, which sits between Headingley Road & All Hallows Street.

In memory of the factory the developer named a cul-de-sac towards the rear of the development Bridon Close.