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Midland Counties Dairy

landcrab9

knowlegable brummie
This photograph, uncredited, is of Kingstanding. However it could easily represent any milk delivery people and their horses in much of the towns in the UK.
That would be a Co-op dairyman, with the long brown overall. Midland Counties were short white coats.
Bryan.
 

Bradbury

New Member
My Grandad worked for Midland Dairies for many a year and threw the 50's, he had to retire due to ill health tho, he loved it, and used to help out his customers if they were stuck or needed anything. Think his round was Shard End way i'll have to check.
Didn't Midland buy up Wakeden daires about 1960? Cheers Tony
 

tontohnz

New Member
Hi all. When I worked there (early 1970s) they only made ice cream but it was talked about that milk was processed there in the past. Baggot Street rings a bell. The factory was I think located along the road that was (or became) aston expressway. There was a canal next to the factory. It was just outside Bham city centre on the Aston Uni side. Never been able to eat much ice cream after working there - indulged too much while I was there!!! I think the brand name was Lyons Maid. They also made a fancy range (sort of italian style) which was like little fruit bombes. Got through a lot of their real orange lollies during the very, very hot steamy summer I worked there. The best product to work on during the summer months was on the strawberry mivvi line as the mivvis used to come along the line on frozen trays (so cold your fingers used to stick to the trays). Nice and cool..................Also remember they had a great staff canteen - proper meals for us starving students.............Viv
Yes. I remember. Worked there from 1973 until it closed in 1980. Send your right. The canteen was awesome. Great breakfast and always had the shepherds pie, peas, chips and gravy. That was a feast. Anyone remember Rose the lady that gave the clean overalls. Whites as they were known. Always in Wellington boots and always washing your hands when you came onto the production floor. I used to order the cartons, wrapping and lolly sticks etc for the production lines. The speciality ice cream that was on the 3rd floor was Baskin Robbins.
 
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Radiorails

master brummie
I wonder if this was something new? Maybe wheels with pneumatic tyres (the Dunlop ad in the background) - generally most delivery carts had wooden wheels with steel tyres.
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
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I wonder if this was something new? Maybe wheels with pneumatic tyres (the Dunlop ad in the background) - generally most delivery carts had wooden wheels with steel tyres.
good point alan...i wonder if the photo was actually taken outside dunlops

lyn
 

Astoness

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Edit, this post copied to this thread from the Bordesley Green Road thread as it shows a MCD cart (bottom left)

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Mark Hudson

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Hi, I am wondering if anyone can place where this photo was taken please ie. the street? The photo dates to about 1970 and shows a Bedford TK with a trailer load of sterilised milk bottle empties departing from a Midland Counties / Unigate depot. I note the adjoining building is signed 'Kenrick and Jefferson' who were printers based in West Bromwich but they may, of course, had premises elsewhere in the West Midlands. I have had another person suggest that it could be I have a long-standing interest in the history of dairies and also collect old milk bottles should anyone have anything old and interesting they may wish to sell. Thank you for your attention. Mark Hudson
 

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Radiorails

master brummie
I do not think it is in Birmingham as the lamp post seems wrong for the city. Not far away I guess as the TK has a Birmingham registration.
 

jmadone

master brummie
Hi, I am wondering if anyone can place where this photo was taken please ie. the street? The photo dates to about 1970 and shows a Bedford TK with a trailer load of sterilised milk bottle empties departing from a Midland Counties / Unigate depot. I note the adjoining building is signed 'Kenrick and Jefferson' who were printers based in West Bromwich but they may, of course, had premises elsewhere in the West Midlands. I have had another person suggest that it could be I have a long-standing interest in the history of dairies and also collect old milk bottles should anyone have anything old and interesting they may wish to sell. Thank you for your attention. Mark Hudson
The building next door Kendrick & Jefferson. They were a printing/stationery company based in West \Bromwich
 

Vivienne14

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Staff member
That seems to have been resolved.

While searching for information about the query in the earlier post I came across an MC depot at Perry Pont, Perry Barr. This seems to be a similar depot to the West Bromwich one.

It opened in 1964. I don’t remember there being an MC depot in Perry Barr. Viv.

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Vivienne14

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I think the Perry Pont Depot must have been the one listed as 205 Aldridge Road. It would have been near the Zig Zag bridge and River Tame. There’s a trading estate there, which is where I think it would have been.

Also learnt there was a Depot on Kingstanding Road, a stones throw from where I lived - didn’t know that was there either in the 1960s. Must have walked past it thousands of times, almost every day !

Viv.
 
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Vivienne14

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Now that’s more familiar. Funny how you can pass it on the bus virtually every day and not really register what building it was. I also used the bus stop opposite quite often as my Nan lived just a little way along Aldridge Road. We drifted through the days with our eyes almost closed to buildings - unless it had a pub sign, a club sign or a clothes shop sign on it !

Viv.
 

Merry Matelot

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My dad worked for midland counties from the depot in Shirley between Stanton Road and Sandy Hill road on the Stratford Road, He started in 1940 with a horse and cart and his round was Haslucks Green Road and its side roads from the Baldwin Pub upto the Colebrook pub.He left the depot when he was called up into the army in 1942 and returned to it in 1946 after de mob until 1948.
He still had a horse and cart but at the time electric hand carts were just started appearing,which he did not like nor trust, the co-op and midland couties roundsmen used to work hand in hand in those days, if anybody refused to pay one company and thought they could get a free weeks milk out of the other they used to find out different, as my dad and the co-op milkman used to meet in the colebrook pub every saturday and tell each other of the customers who owed more than 2 weeks money,that was of course after finding the husbands in the pubs and getting them to cough up the money owed as the wives used to tell him the Husbands were.
When I was nine I became a runner for the local midland counties milkman who ran out of the Solihull depot in Yew tree Lane,wrapping the yellow and white packets of butter in little paper bags trying to balance them on top of the pass bottles, all they used to sell back then was butter,unflavoured ski yoghurts,orange squash and sometimes third of a pint and a pint of made up orange squash, the roundsman was called Eric, a very tall thin man and it was round 4.
I stayed as a runner flicking in between the co-op and what later became Unigate, the last 2 yrs I stayed with Unigate still doing the rounds from the solihull depot deliverying my last bottle way back in 1976 and it was on round 4 I finished on.
At the Solihull depot I remeber the yard supervisor,his nickname was "H", about 6 yrs later I married and moved to Shirley,it was when I was in the front garden I heard a voice shouting me,it was "H" himself and he only lived 2 doors away, my dad turned up a few days later to visit and H and his wife was outside, it turned out that "H" and my dad had worked together as roundsmen after the war in Shirley and "H"s wifes dad had been the Depot Manager then
Small world ! though never did find out what "H" actually stood for
 

oldMohawk

master brummie
This aerial photo was taken in 1950 and the building in Phyllis Nicklin's 1967 photo had not yet been built. I've marked (green) where she probably stood on the zig-zag bridge. The Church Tavern is top left in the photo.
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The dairy (see post#116) had 'come and gone' between the date of the above photo and today's view below.
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