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NeilsYard
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421 of 424  Wed 28th Jun 2017 9:01pm  
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What is the building valiantly hanging on centre left as Owen's rises? Would that have been West Orchard or Market Place?
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Helen F
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422 of 424  Wed 28th Jun 2017 11:55pm  
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It fronted onto West Orchard. It's described as a basket factory in the insurance maps.
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covgirl
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423 of 424  Fri 30th Jun 2017 9:12am  
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Hi all, recently found this picture in my late brother's photos, no idea when it was taken, but judging by the colour it may be 1970's or it could be my brother's lousy camera.
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diggerdave
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424 of 424  Fri 7th Jul 2017 11:12am  
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On 28th Jun 2017 11:55pm, Helen F said: It fronted onto West Orchard. It's described as a basket factory in the insurance maps.
I am not surprised it shows up on insurance maps! Firetrap was a word often used. I never knew that there was any mention of it anywhere. It was not producing much by the time the picture was taken. The basket making industry was very much on the decline. It had been a restricted occupation in wartime, and baskets could only be made for war purposes. Also the agreements concerning the trades having to use locally made baskets had lapsed. I can just about remember three old chaps doing repairs for market baskets and also parts work for the Birmingham picnic basket trade. Plastic was starting to take over. One of my uncles opened a factory in Kent using plastic injection moulding machines liberated from Italy. Supplies of willow were haphazard. 1947 was a bad weather year for the few growers that were struggling on, unlike the prewar years when all aspects of the trade were blooming, especially the sidecar trade. The Building itself was not built specifically but had been a market admin building. Family stories state that it was against this building that a cart was placed for the Speech of Thomas Mann. Does this mean that it was the building next door to the pubs shown in the old photographs? Was it the original early Market House? Edited by member, 7th Jul 2017 1:53 pm
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