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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 11th January, 2014)

Heinz Factory

Heinz Factory
Entrance to Heinz factory just off Spring Road.

Photo: Dan Highton  (Canon EOS 5D)
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Comment by: Ken R on 11th January 2014 at 00:19

Nice, clean, well kept, as it should be for a company the size of Heinz. But what happened to the light standard on the right, it is slightly askew??

Comment by: Roy on 11th January 2014 at 02:08

I've gone through THOSE gates a few times.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 11th January 2014 at 04:34

Nice photo, Dan.

Used to pick blackberries where this factory is now on our walks through to Porters Wood, in the fifties.

Comment by: kath on 11th January 2014 at 07:26

I remember when living at Marsh Green we would get wafts of soup smells. Ox tail was always the strongest.

Comment by: Dan on 11th January 2014 at 11:39

Ken, judging by the vast number of lorries that come down the road before getting to the dead end and having to reverse back out, I would guess that one or more of them have given it a kiss over the years :-)

Comment by: Loz on 11th January 2014 at 11:47

No longer owned by Heinz.

Comment by: Linda on 11th January 2014 at 12:36

Depending on which way the wind is blowing, Kath, you still get that smell. We live off Prescott Lane but It's the beans smell I don't like.
Ken - the lamppost could be askew because it's probably been hit that many times with HGVs going down there trying to get to Martland Park & realising its a no through road.
Good photo, Dan!

Comment by: Dave Kelly on 11th January 2014 at 14:25

So which department Roy?

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 11th January 2014 at 15:16

Thay were building the factory when we left wigan in the fifties.Was it over Whitley fields.?

Comment by: Garry on 11th January 2014 at 16:53

Loz, it says HEINZ, so it still is Heinz...full of Beans.

Comment by: Derek Platt on 11th January 2014 at 18:06

Great clear photo. Never been there myself but know two people that spent all their working life there, Billy Whittle and John Liptrot. To Dave Kelly, do you still live in Canada, if so where, maybe Halifax eh!

Comment by: Roy on 11th January 2014 at 19:03

Dave, bean filling maintenance and then soup manufacturing maintenance. Retired in 1992 after 20 years.

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 11th January 2014 at 19:54

Yes Garry, the company is still Heinz but now it has parent companies since June 2013. As a result, there have been significant job losses and plant closures in the US and the UK may yet suffer job losses:-

Comment by: Dave Kelly on 12th January 2014 at 03:20

Roy,I was familiar with those & all places (Standish & KG).Did a few years as a "green collar" in the office just behind the no entry sign in the photo.Left about 1962
Derek, we're still here,Cobourg Ont. ..closer than you thought.

Comment by: Roy on 12th January 2014 at 10:53

Jean F, this is Kitt Green, not Whitley fields. They wouldn't have been allowed to build a factory in the so called 'posh' part of Wigan.

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 12th January 2014 at 14:30

Thanks Roy.Where did I get the idea of whitley fields from?
Usedto play on Whitley firlds a lot.didnt know it was the "posh" area of wigan!

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