The pioneering factory visited by Gandhi where thousands worked

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For 107 years, a telecommunications factory in a town on Nottingham's outskirts has pioneered technological advancements, employee welfare standards, and "shaped Beeston today as we know it".

What started as the National Telephone Company soon became Ericsson's, and later Plessey at the Beeston Rylands factory where equipment such as telephones, headphone and cables were made - which even famous visitors like Mahatma Gandhi saw being produced.

In 1901, the National Telephone Company took over a former cycle factory where Beeston Business Park is today based, just below the railway line.

The company - which would go on to hire 8,000 workers at its peak - joined with Swedish manufacturer L.M. Ericsson & Company to form British L.M Ericsson & Company in 1903.

However, manufacturing at the site was halted only months later when a fire broke out in December 1903. It led to a

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