Soho Foundry from the air
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aerial photograph of Smethwick West Midlands England UK showing the area around Rabone Lane , Steel Bright Rd and Foundry Lane. This was the site of the Soho Foundry which was opened in 1795 by Matthew Boulton and James Watt. The Foundry was a key element in the beginning of the industrial revolution and was used to manufacture steam engines including those that powered the SS Great Eastern. The Foundry was a pioneer in mass production techniques. The foundry was bought by W & T Avery Ltd in 1895 and is today still used for the production of weighing machines under the name of Avery Weigh-Tronix.
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