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Sutcliffes Tripe Works 1976
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Item #: 33397
Looks like it's another of Frank Orrell's brilliant photographs?

Comment by: Garry on 25th October 2021 at 16:50

Smiths diary in the background too.

Comment by: wigginlad on 25th October 2021 at 17:05

Another great photo reminding us of yesteryear Ron. I delivered this place quite often in the 1960s, top of Bell Green Lane I think, unusual smell if I remember rightly. See the milk man has been, three bottles of Sterilized and a dozen eggs outside canteen door. The little invalid car is also a reminder of the way things were, looks like it has a 1965-C registration plate awful things, they blew over in strong winds.

Comment by: irene roberts on 25th October 2021 at 17:39

I remember the dairy; it was such a well-known Ince landmark.

Comment by: Garry on 26th October 2021 at 09:32

This photo was taken on Pennington Lane, half way up Belle Green Lane., to the left of the photo was the Belle Green pub.

Comment by: English Electric on 26th October 2021 at 09:43

I remember Smith's Dairy too. You could spot the building and its chimney from quite a way away, all around the district.

I always wondered why it was that a dairy (with thoughts of healthy pints of milk, or pots of tasty cream) looked like such enormous, tall, red-brick "dark satanic mill", complete with tall factory chimney.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 26th October 2021 at 10:05

I remember the invalid cars always seemed to be light blue in colour and had handlebars for steering, like riding a motorbike. Probably powered by a Villiers 2 stroke engine. There was a lady who lived near us in the 60's owned one.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 26th October 2021 at 10:14

Did a stint of four weeks working at Smith’s Dairy in August, 1949, then went back to the Maypole Colliery. Missed the pit’s camaraderie.

Comment by: irene roberts on 26th October 2021 at 10:48

English Electric, I believe it was a brewery before it was a dairy!

Comment by: Ray on 26th October 2021 at 11:14

Many years ago when very few people had a fridge, lots of them bought
sterilised milk that would keep drinkable for a several days after delivery.
Toward the end of each day, the unsold pasteurised milk was boiled to a
very high temperature and put into and sealed in " Sterry Bottles "
The milk would have been boiled in an enormous container, with the heat for boiling coming from a large coal fire beneath. That will be the
reason for the tall chimney.

Comment by: Susan Mint (Holland) on 26th October 2021 at 23:28

My dad worked there, brought the tripe van home sometimes

Comment by: Ena Malcup on 27th October 2021 at 03:54

The architecture certainly looks like that of a brewery.

Comment by: Pw on 27th October 2021 at 12:45

The best tripe I have had is pigs belly.Used to buy it from the stall in Wigan market but when I asked the women on the stall a few weeks ago she said she can no longer get it.

Comment by: CJAlan on 27th October 2021 at 17:29

From my own local knowledge, the Belle Green Pub was closed quite a few years ago and when I last went up Higher Ince it had been turned into a local convenience shop.

Part of the site next door still exists - certainly the front wall and adjacent out buildings are still there (or they were recently), but the factory building is long gone.

I always thought this site had something to do with Wigan Council in more recent years. I am sure I drove past once, and was able to see through the gates and much of it is wasteground now.

Comment by: Dennis Miller on 28th October 2021 at 05:33

I think this is the Pennington Lane entrance to the site

Comment by: Albert. S. on 28th October 2021 at 09:39

CJ Alan. Was it the Belle Green pub that had a cone shaped cap on the roof, at one of its corners?. There was a cobbler’s shop further along, across the railway crossing, same side. At one period of time I served with their son in the R.A.F. (1953). Used to call in for a chat with his dad, from time to time.

Comment by: Alan on 28th October 2021 at 12:52

I think Garry said all that at 9.32 on the 26 Oct.

Comment by: irene roberts on 28th October 2021 at 13:19

Albert, yes it was The Belle Green with the cone-shaped turret. I always thought it gave the building a foreign look.

Comment by: Bill on 29th October 2021 at 09:58

I believe Smiths Dairy was originally Lawrence brewery.

Comment by: CJAlan on 30th October 2021 at 13:32

I checked Google Street view and the entrance where the factory was has a sign that says 'Belle Green Industrial'. I believe the site is still used as some sort of industrial estate with a couple of repair businesses still working from here. Much of the site is made up of waste ground which I assume is where the factory building once stood.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 31st October 2021 at 13:07

I had cousins’ that lived at the top of Belle Green Lane. Aileen & Stella Jackson, and Eileen, Vera, and Marjorie Porter.

Comment by: Dave on 4th November 2021 at 08:57

Albert.S. your right about the cobblers shop but it wasn't beyond the railway line it was virtually opposite the pub just a bit further up on the opposite side. I loved going in as a child the smell of the leather and i always remember the gentleman that had it he always wore a Bowler Hat.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 4th November 2021 at 09:46

Dave. Definitely on the other side of the level crossing, and before the railway bridge. The shop was on the left hand side as you walked up Belle Green Lane. July to September, 1953. His son was posted to Wahn, Germany, in September, 1953.

Comment by: Dave on 4th November 2021 at 13:52

You are right regarding the cobblers just before the railway bridge
i was referring to the one across from the Belle Green Pub on the opposite side.The one you are talking about was opposite Battersby street i lived in West Street used to pass the one you talking about on my way to Belle Green Infants School Happy Days.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 4th November 2021 at 15:49

Thank you Dave. So long ago. 68 years.

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