The redbrick building before you was formerly the Bulk Store of the Sunshine Harvester
Works. Built in 1924, this is the only part of the factory still standing. The
Bulk Store housed many of the raw materials used in the factory.
Goods were delivered
to the building by an internal railway line that ran alongside the site. Once
the goods were off-loaded, a large gantry crane was used to move them into place,
ready to be distributed to other factory departments. Tools, nuts and bolts, chains
for machines and castings were all manufactured on-site by Sunshine factory workers.
On top of the Bulk Store, a dovecot housed the factory siren. Workers and locals
used it to tell the time and organise their days. They became so used to the sound
of the siren that when it was removed many people complained.