Ritherdon Opens its Doors for Heritage Open Days 2018

We are a 123-year-old family firm and one of the oldest companies in Lancashire. This year we’ve teamed up with Heritage Open Days and are opening the doors to the factory. Join us for the inside story into the history of the firm.

We promise you there is more than meets the eye!


The company started out in Bolton, originally electroplating and enamelling during the Edwardian bicycle boom. During the two World Wars, Ritherdon contributed to the war effort making control panels for the military. The experience led Ritherdon to start designing and manufacturing the first types of enclosures that know can be seen all around the country today. As the business kept growing, Ritherdon moved to  Darwen’s old Tram Shed in 1947. Keeping up with the times and investing in design and innovation, the product range has kept growing.Ritherdon's Factory after the old Darwen Trams

Join us for a Factory Tour!

See how the machinery and manufacturing process has evolved over the years and see how the Ritherdon has transformed the tram shed building into the factory that it is today. Look out for the tram lines on the shop floor!

Plus, see the workspace and behind the scenes of the artwork created by Manchester-based artist Nicola Ellis during this year’s National Festival of Making.

Free Admission – Pre-booking required.

Thursday 6 September: 09:00 – 16:00
Friday 7 September: 9:00 – 12:00

Thursday 13 September: 09:00 – 16:00
Friday 14 September: 9:00 – 12:00

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required – Free entry, please bring your booking reference along on the day.

Booking Contact: Daniela

Email: daniela@ritherdon.co.uk

Phone: 01254 819 118

Mobile: 07921 373458


Max 15 people per tour/session. 1 Hour


Just off Blackburn Road, Darwen, (across from the Wizards Den Fancy Dress Shop).

Lorne Street,


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