Can you see the ‘Otter Controls’ gates nearby? This site was once occupied by this company who were founded in Buxton in 1946. They produced bimetal cutouts and thermostats for a range of applications including the automotive industry and household appliances such as kettles.
We take it for granted that our kettle will turn off automatically when it boils. The device that does this, a small snap-action blade no bigger than a 50p coin, has been made in the millions here in Buxton. In fact, it’s estimated that Otter Controls may have produced up to one billion of them.
Otter Controls still have premises in Fairfield, Buxton.