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Phil

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Re: Birmingham CO-OP Bakery
« Reply #22 on: September 28, 2016, 10:06:59 PM »
Didn't the dairy keep the horses in the railway arches that backed onto Viaduct Street at the rear of the dairy. Here's a couple more photo's one of a bread delivery van and one of a Farrier at work in the stables. Quite which stable, I'm not sure as I assume each department had their own stables.

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« Reply #23 on: September 28, 2016, 10:15:54 PM »
The driver of the horse cart his name was Harry Tell
When his daily employment came to an end
He worked for the Co-op Transport department driving various vans
I worked alongside him at transport department
This was of course afew years later
From him clipping me around the ears
For hanging on the back of the cart for a free ride
he used to drop of the cart and wait for the cart to pass
And clip me around the ears
We had many a laugh over these incidents O0

A great story Whitty. I think we have all been through them times when we were young. Funny ant it that they would slap you round the face but you respected them. Try doing that to day you will either be in court or knifed. 
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« Reply #24 on: September 28, 2016, 10:35:18 PM »
Hi Phil , yes dairy horses where kept under the Viaducts arches
I'm pretty sure that the bakery horses where kept behind the offices
The top of Great Brook Street
The Co-op had along building for farriers forging the horseshoes,
 think that this was in Adderley road  Saltley
Where the Confectionery department was eventually  built
Opposite the park
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« Reply #25 on: September 28, 2016, 10:42:37 PM »
Hi Townie ,to true mate same as school clip around the ears
Cane ruler etc these days parents go to school and threaten the staff
Where our parents would say you must have deserved it
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Re: Birmingham CO-OP Bakery
« Reply #26 on: September 28, 2016, 10:52:15 PM »
Leo

The back of the bakery on the end of Great Brook Street on Great Brook Street backed on to the building on Belmont Row that the Co-op purchased from Coopers Cycles after they paid for it to be built and went bankrupt before it was finished. The one they are still haggling about restoring after the fire that gutted it some years back.
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« Reply #27 on: September 29, 2016, 07:56:49 AM »
Phil ,the offices on G't Brook St immediately behind was a yard
That's where the stables where the bakery ran towards Belmont Row
There was a long passage on its left side where they loaded the carts up
This came out into another yard possibly more stables
With gates on Belmont Row
The building you refer too belonged to the C . W . S
Co-op Wholesale Society Manchester
A beautiful building that had  C.W .S IN THE SAME BRICKWORK
over the entrance to the offices i wouldn't know if this was added later
This was on the left hand side of the building and the gateway on its left
A lot of different offices for various departments
By the way it didn't back on but came out the side of it  O0
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« Reply #28 on: September 29, 2016, 11:40:33 AM »
Leo

I didn't realise that Belmont Row was part of the CWS and separate to the BCS as I have often read that a lot of the furniture and other goods sold at their High Street main store were manufactured there. As I have often said I try to learn at least one thing new every day, so thanks to you today's quota has been filled.
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Re: Birmingham CO-OP Bakery
« Reply #29 on: September 29, 2016, 11:49:45 AM »
Phil ,just a little more information
C W S furniture was manufactured at a factory
In Cranmore Boulivade Shirley
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« Reply #30 on: September 29, 2016, 12:36:29 PM »
Hello Whitty
Are you talking about the building opposite Adderley Park with the CWS sign, if not that building also had one. I did some work in the park after The Sons of Rest closed. The building they used was removed and the park tidied up using offenders to do the work. Whitty do we have a thread for The Sons of Rest.
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« Reply #31 on: September 29, 2016, 01:07:28 PM »
Hi Diggory , the building you are referring to in Adderley Rd
was the Birmingham Co-op grocery warehouse and I personally
Delivered from there to grocery shops throughout greater Brum
The more modern building was the confectionery department
All the cakes where baked there
The sons of rest by the bowling green in the park
I think I was a bit to young as I was only in my early 20s
This being 1964/5 we eventually moved to a new  warehouse
On Garretts Green industrial Estate
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Re: Birmingham CO-OP Bakery
« Reply #32 on: September 29, 2016, 01:35:25 PM »
Leo

Yes I understand that cakes were made in all the separate bakeries from 1902 until they purchased the premises in Adderley Street in 1919. I don't know if this was already a bakery or it was opened as a bakery by the Co-op, but I do know that the whole premises were soon converted to confectionary only. These two photos of Adderley Street were taken in the 1950's. 
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