End of an Era.
This section of the website documents the end of an era with the demolition of W & J Riding’s old depot in 2017 which was located on Whittingham Road Longridge.
Today the depot is long gone and has been replaced with a new housing estate, aptly named ‘The Riding’s’, along with an Aldi supermarket which opened for business in November 2018.
Inside the ‘rip and tip’ shed at Riding’s old depot showing one of the last Van Benton tankers to be loaded at the soon to be demolished Longridge depot.
Pallets were lifted onto the gantry and individual sacks were dropped onto the conveyor belt which were then slit open allowing the powder to fall into the tank below.
Riding’s started this particular operation back in 1983 at the request of ICI Ltd and it continued until the final day of operations on the 28th October 2016.
During that period of 30 years in which time they did five loads a day there was never a single complaint.
It was also possible to discharge 1 tonne bags or containers using an auger and the equipment on the left of the picture.
ERF EC11 6X2 tractor unit Reg No S153 RNB, which was new in August 1998, stands in the deserted yard at Longridge after performing it’s final shunting duties and awaits it’s fate on the day the depot closed down on Wednesday the 26th of October 2016..
Fortunately it was saved for preservation so may appear on the road again sometime in the near future..
10.30am on the 26th of October 2016 and with the equipment stripped out of the rip and tear building Turners ERF prepares to leave Longridge depot with the final load of machinery before demolition began six months later in April 2017.
A rather sad looking view of the decommissioned fuel pumps as they await being ripped out of the ground and sent for scrap during the demolition of Longridge depot in 2017.
There was also another pump on either side of the entry so it was possible to fill up four vehicles at the same time.
If the drivers left the vehicle straight it was also possible to accommodate four more behind the ones fueling up, thus taking eight lorries off the adjacent main road.
Originally these pumps were made in house and each one was capable of dispensing 18 gallons per minute.
The 24th of May 2017 and the late Tom Riding took a last look at what remained of the garage before it was demolished later in the day.
The photograph was taken by the late Tom Riding, as were all the pictures below, as he documented the demolition of his old companies depot during the months of May and June in 2017.
The 21st of June 2017 and the remains of the rest of the buildings have gone with the site now leveled.
17 months later, after this picture was taken, a new Aldi store opened on the site.