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Wednesday, 25 June 2008

R A Barrett


This small factory in Blandford Street was built in 1894 for R A Barrett.

I believe that this was the R A Barrett who made ginger beer and other mineral waters. I can find a reference to them having an earlier factory in 1873 just around the corner in Berkeley Street, so perhaps they moved here to larger premises?

In 1910, Barrett's were on e of the first companies in the town to use a motor vehicle for deliveries. R A Barrett eventually ceased production in 1977.

As you can see in the photo below, the Victorians couldn't resist getting a certain amount of ornamentation into even a fairly plain building!

3 comments:

  1. remember the big bunty on the site of the Katherine St flats and maisonettes around Welbeck Street, just before they were built, Barrets supplied hundreds of wooden pallets that were 3 storeys high. It was the biggest bunty ever.

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  2. Used to buy a very big bottle of orangeade with some of the 3 shillings pay from Holy Trinity choir.
    jaywit.

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  3. hi i loved the ice cream soda and lime ade , better still the threepence on the empty bottle

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