As you look ahead, you will see the home of Ferodo Brake Linings, now the Federal Mogul Company. Today the factory looks very different, although some of the buildings still remain, such as the familiar pointed and sloping roofs.
Ferodo were the first company to create and develop friction surfaces for braking systems in motor vehicles. The company originated in 1897 with Herbert Frood, who created woven cotton breaks for horse drawn carts from his garden shed at Combs! The enterprise grew and in 1902 moved to the current location at Chapel-en-le-Frith.
Ferodo made friction products for a range of vehicles. Curved brake shoes like those pictured above were used on wagons and even trains. The company were the first to use asbestos in brake linings. Later, when the dangers of asbestos were realised, they were among the first to manufacture alternative materials. You can just about see a ‘non asbestos’ sticker on one of the shoes above.
Find out more through the links below.
Ferodo history on Grace’s Guide
Blog posts about Ferodo by Derbyshire Record Office