Echoes of the past: Name brings the memories of company flooding back...

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This 1945 gathering of children was kindly sent to me by David Rawlinson and shows just some of the children of the employees of Meredith and Drew all dressed up ready for a party.

This was the company that moved into the former Turner and Wainwright’s toffee company or, to give its marketing name, ‘Turnwrights’ premises in Brookfoot.

Now there is a name to bring back a few memories. John Henry Turner and George Wainwright moved into what was an empty mill in 1906, a building that had dominated the Brookfoot landscape since 1870 as Camm’s cotton mill. It is still there of course and no doubt brings memories flooding back to all those who once worked there.

This company was soon sending slab toffee to the Western Front as part of the tens of thousands of comfort parcels which were sent to the boys in the muddy battle fields of Europe. When the company closed John Henry’s son George had aspirations of re-opening it and making a go of it but sadly his attempts at resurrection failed. This resulted it a once proud and famous Brighouse company fading into the history books.

The mill was not to lay empty for too long – in stepped Meredith and Drew. I am sure there are some readers who will remember working there, among the custard creams and Bourbon biscuits.

Although Derek cannot remember the names of his fellow party goers, their faces are as familiar as the day the photograph was taken. The party was held at Lane Head Church. Why the party was not held in Brookfoot – well, perhaps finding the space may have been the problem.

Judging from the smiling faces and party hats, a good day was had by one and all.

Our second featured photograph shows the Turner and Wainwright toffee packing department. Obviously the careful packing of toffee into boxes is a job for the ladies whereas the men would have the job of wheeling them away ready for delivery.