Visitng here with the illustrious "Stig" Cheers fella for the tour, and dead animals too. Wierld little place made charming by the amout of water on the floor, should have worn trunks there was that much water. Okay so we dodged the hi teck security sensor post (WTF it was there for is beyond me) like the ninjas.


Historys

Co-Operative Wholesale Society which was the manufacturing division of the then burgeoning Co-Op company, which grew up along the length of the Shields Road. This mile long stretch of red-brick industry was home to factories making clothing and textiles, furniture, pharmaceuticals, household cleaning products, quilts, books and magazines and the world-famous "Pelaw" shoe polish. These factories created Pelaw and were practically its sole employer during most of the twentieth century but due to inevitable foreign competition, the prevailing economic climate and government policies of the times, the majority of the factories were closed and demolished between the mid 70s and early 90s to be replaced in recent years by modern housing estates. Two of the original CWS buildings, the Shirt Factory and the Cabinet Factory, are extant. The Shirt Factory still manufactures garments but is a private concern and the Cabinet Factory in Bill Quay, which later became a major Brentford Nylons plant, has been transformed into a modern business park by the name of Stonehills. The last factory to be demolished was the Print Factory, of which is still standing to this day but last used was Jul 2008 when it closed its doors to trading for the last time.

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Cheers for lookings

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