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How about listing the tanneries that used to operate in Warrington

 

I know there was the Orford Tannery that burnt down, one in John St, one were the Lidl shop is in town, one in Grange Ave in Latchford - was that the last one to close in Warrington? I do not know any more then that, their names, date of trading, how large they were.

 

Has Tanners Lane got any significance in the tanning industry?

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Howley had a number of tanneries, the last to close was in the 1990's.  An elderly gent gent I knew in the 1980's used to work in one at Howley.  He to.d me that the workers often fell into the dye pits. Can you imagine that today?

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I've heard that too Mimocuja.  I've seen photo's in books of the tannery workers walking nothing wider than thin planks between the 'tanks' of hides soaking in all sorts of chemicals and dyes and then having to pull them out by hand too.  As most of my ancestors were tanners on my dads side (from his grandad back 3+ generations) I often wonder just how they survived working in such conditions  over the generalions and how I am here today.

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One of the most dreaded diseases that came in with the hides was Anthrax, I remember there was a case in the early 1950's at the Mersey Street Tannery but was quickly contained, not sure if there were any fatalities though.

There were at least  20 Tanneries In The Warrington Area In 1907

Winwick Road Tannery
Tanners Lane Tannery
Buckly Street Tannery

Haydock Street Tanner

Winwick Street Tannery on the corner with John Street
Orford Tannery
Howley Tannery - Howley Lane
Holmesfield Tannery - Howley Lane
Running Pump Tannery - Smith Street (off Mersey Street)
Fennel Street Tannery
Mersey Tannery - Mersey Street
Vernon Street Tannery
Old Tannery - Mersey Street
Manor Tannery - Lower Wash lane
Raddon Court Tannery - Lower Wash Lane
Latchford Tannery - Thelwall Lane
Knutsford Road Tannery - Grappenhall
Cliff Lane Tannery - Grappenhall
Grappenhall Tannery - Bellhouse Lane
Penketh Tannery.

 
 
 

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Well done Algy.  The one at the top of Parr st (Vernon st I think) would billow out red smoke from its chimneys. If you walked passed it, the smoke would drop droplets like rain, that would hit your face etc.....

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On 2/12/2018 at 9:48 PM, Mimocuja said:

Howley had a number of tanneries, the last to close was in the 1990's.  An elderly gent gent I knew in the 1980's used to work in one at Howley.  He to.d me that the workers often fell into the dye pits. Can you imagine that today?

mimocuja

Yes it was called Whittles Tannery and made the leather that covers the benches in The House of Commons and Lords.

I had the ""pleasure"" of working there in 1980's😖 think I stuck it out for 3 weeks!!!!  

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During the war my father was the engineering maintenance fitter at Flemings Tanerry, on Battersby Lane I think.   He wasn't part of the regular fire crew, but everyone had to do one night a week fire watching on the plant roof.   Nothing much ever happened, so dad used to wait until midnight then steal away on his bicycle to home in Woolston.  Can't count the number of times he got to the front of the house and the warnings would sound !  He then had to break biking records getting back to Flemings before he was missed!

Another interesting fact, many of the employees and their friends would bring any child suffering from asthma and hold them over the tanning pits as a cure.  God knows if it worked.

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Kill or cure method of self medicating by the sound of it.

My gran would always have a big block of carbolic soap in the house. Used it for everything grazes, cuts bruises, leg chopped off, nit removal and the ever present use as a cure for profanity.

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