Kodak Factory, Harrow, London

A factory in Harrow that recently closed, Kodak manufactured photographic paper and film. Old turbines in the power house remain

Kodak Factory, Harrow, London
 

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History of the Kodak Alaris site in Harrow, London

Kodak’s first facility to open outside the US was located in Harrow, on a 7 acre plot of land. Opening in 1891, the site was originally used to develop photographs and kept around 100 chickens on site to supply the egg white required to coat the paper.

As the factory expanded, production of film rolls started, along with the manufacture of photographic paper. By the 1950s Kodak was the largest manufacturing plant in the British Commonwealth and employed around 6,000 staff.

Photo by Jonathan Hordle/REX (1543777a) The Kodak factory Kodak factory, Harrow, London

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Photo by Jonathan Hordle/REX (1543777a) The Kodak factory, Harrow, London

Much more of the production process took place at the Harrow site in years gone by than it did more recently, including more coating and printing of the back of the paper. By the time of closure, only the final photographic coating was applied at Harrow, everything else was done at Kodak’s site in Germany before shipping the rolls of paper over to the UK for completion.

Production of photographic film ended in 2005, owing to the increasing popularity of digital imaging. As the demand for photographic prints dropped, so did production at the Harrow site. Closure was announced in April 2016, and production ceased in December 2016.

Power House

Kodak - Harrow - No. 2 English Electric turbine with 3.6MW alternator

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Kodak – Harrow – No. 2 English Electric turbine with 3.6MW alternator

Kodak, Harrow - Originally there were two of these, one was removed some time ago

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Kodak, Harrow – Originally there were two of these, one was removed some time ago

Kodak, Harrow - Turbine and lubrication systems

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Kodak, Harrow – Turbine and lubrication systems

Kodak, Harrow - Turbine control panel

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Kodak, Harrow – Turbine control panel

Kodak, Harrow - English Electric makers plate on access panel

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Kodak, Harrow – English Electric makers plate

Kodak, Harrow - The more recent alternator No. 3 - A 5MW English Electric

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Kodak, Harrow – The more recent alternator No. 3 – A 5MW English Electric

Kodak, Harrow - English Electric Alternator

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Kodak, Harrow – English Electric Alternator

Kodak, Harrow - No. 3's Control Panel

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Kodak, Harrow – No. 3’s Control Panel

Kodak, Harrow - Wider view of the turbine hall

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Kodak, Harrow – Wider view of the turbine hall

Kodak, Harrow - These gas units replaced the old coal-fired boilers

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Kodak, Harrow – These gas units replaced the old coal-fired boilers

Kodak, Harrow - The power house control room was a bit disappointing!

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Kodak, Harrow – The power house control room was a bit disappointing!

Kodak, Harrow - The retro-styled board behind was interesting - individual square pins marking out the shift patterns

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The retro-styled board behind was interesting – individual square pins marking out the shift patterns

Kodak, Harrow - The old boiler house

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Kodak, Harrow – The old boiler house

Kodak, Harrow - Panels and deaerator in the boiler house

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Kodak, Harrow – Panels and deaerator in the boiler house

Kodak, Harrow - Boiler house

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Kodak, Harrow – Boiler house

Kodak, Harrow - Control panels

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Kodak, Harrow – Control panels

Kodak, Harrow - Base of the chimney

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Kodak, Harrow – Base of the chimney

Kodak, Harrow - Switchroom

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Kodak, Harrow – Switchroom

The main building – photographic paper production

Moving into the main factory – this was already mainly stripped with only a few bits of machinery remaining…

Kodak, Harrow - Control Room

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Kodak, Harrow – Control Room

A photosphere inside the control room when it was in use can be seen here

Kodak, Harrow - Another control room

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Kodak, Harrow – Another control room

Kodak, Harrow - Lab equipment

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Kodak, Harrow – Lab equipment

Kodak, Harrow - Laboratory

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Kodak, Harrow – Laboratory

Kodak, Harrow - Melting vats

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Kodak, Harrow – Melting vats

As you approach the production lines called tracks, lighting levels become gradually dimmer. This allowed the operators eyes to adjust to the near-darkness conditions they would be working in during their shift.

Kodak, Harrow - Rolls of paper are first loaded into the unwinder machine

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Kodak, Harrow – Rolls of paper are first loaded into the unwinder machine

Kodak, Harrow - This machine could handle two rolls at once, one feeding into the track, whilst the other was being made ready

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Kodak, Harrow -This machine could handle two rolls at once, one feeding into the track, whilst the other was being made ready

Kodak, Harrow - Next the paper is fed into the coating station which bombards the surface with electrons

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Kodak, Harrow – Next the paper is fed into the coating station which bombards the surface with electrons

Kodak, Harrow - Finally, the coated paper is put back onto rolls by the realer, ready to be packed and shipped.

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Kodak, Harrow – Finally, the coated paper is put back onto rolls by the realer, ready to be packed and shipped.

Kodak, Harrow - Back of the coating station

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Kodak, Harrow – Back of the coating station

Kodak, Harrow - Loading Area

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Kodak, Harrow – Loading Area

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