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argon
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1 of 84  Fri 21st Oct 2011 5:06pm  
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Can anyone remember where the Glenns confectionery factory was and also the Lants mineral water factory. I seem to think that Glenns was in the Well Street, Bond Street area and that Lants was nearby, however my memory is not that reliable that I can be sure. I remember visiting Glenns and seeing the sugar boiling section in the 1940's.
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Adrian
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2 of 84  Fri 21st Oct 2011 5:16pm  
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I think Lants pop was in Bond Street, just behind The Belgrade, or was that Corona.?
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creteskyblue
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3 of 84  Fri 21st Oct 2011 5:20pm  
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Hi, Lants used to be where what is now Eden restaurant & I think Glens had premises behind the Belgrade, what is now the Belgrade workshop theatre. Regards.
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dutchman
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4 of 84  Fri 21st Oct 2011 5:28pm  
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Lant's occupied the entire square formed by Bond Street, Ryley Street and Hill Street. It was quite funny watching their lorry drop off deliveries at the town wall as it was only fifty yards from their loading bay in Ryley Street Smile
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artful
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5 of 84  Fri 21st Oct 2011 8:18pm  
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I thought Lant's was in or very near Gas St in the 40s.
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dutchman
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6 of 84  Fri 21st Oct 2011 9:53pm  
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It wasn't that far, just one street away. Ryley Mills separated the two.
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Greg
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7 of 84  Fri 21st Oct 2011 10:28pm  
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Wasn`t the crisp factory (can`t remember their name, possibly Robinsons) somewhere around Gas St? In my misspent youth, the owner and his wife used to drink in the Gas Club when I went there with friends who worked for the `Gas Board`.
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DBC
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8 of 84  Sat 22nd Oct 2011 1:05pm  
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Yes, it was Robinsons crisps, and I seem to remember they had a "three spires" logo on their packets. As for the Gas Tavern, My great great grandfather was a "general labourer" at the gas works in the 1880's. I can just imagine him dropping into that pub for a drink or two.
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argon
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9 of 84  Sat 22nd Oct 2011 5:36pm  
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On 21st Oct 2011 5:20pm, creteskyblue said: Hi, Lants used to be where what is now Eden restaurant & I think Glens had premises behind the Belgrade, what is now the Belgrade workshop theatre.
Thanks for the information creteskyblue. My memory is better than I thought. I sort of went off Lants lemonade when I read that Lants was the name used in the wool mills for the store of urine collected for the processing of wool manufacture.
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argon
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10 of 84  Sat 22nd Oct 2011 5:43pm  
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On 21st Oct 2011 10:28pm, Greg said: Wasn`t the crisp factory (can`t remember their name, possibly Robinsons) somewhere around Gas St? In my misspent youth, the owner and his wife used to drink in the Gas Club when I went there with friends who worked for the `Gas Board`.
I think there was a crisp maker in the Binley area, possibly the Empress buildings in the late 1950's. The name Riley seems to come to mind.
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dutchman
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11 of 84  Sat 22nd Oct 2011 5:59pm  
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This is the view from outside the Town Wall Tavern looking towards their main entrance in Bond Street. By the time I lived there the factory had grown to absorb all of the neighbouring houses and the lorry loading bay moved to Ryley Street just out of picture to the right. Bond's Hospital is clearly visible at the end of the street.
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dutchman
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12 of 84  Sat 22nd Oct 2011 6:18pm  
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Glenn's was to the right of the above picture on the opposite side of Ryley Street. Unlike Lant's they did not welcome visitors!
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argon
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13 of 84  Sat 22nd Oct 2011 11:13pm  
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Thank you dutchman. Interesting to see from the photo that Lants was established in 1830. The firm had a long history. I wonder if they started on the same site? Am I right in thinking that they were taken over by R. Whites or did they just close?
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dutchman
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14 of 84  Sun 23rd Oct 2011 3:01am  
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Yes they did. They originally occupied just four cottages Nos 36-39 and gradually expanded until they occupied almost the whole block. My memory of that period is extremely vague but I think Lant's were also distributors for Britvic who were taken over by Rawlings who also owned R. White. I should also explain that Glenn's was very badly damaged duuring the blitz and completely rebuilt in the mid 1950s. The only parts visible from the Bond Street side were the loading bay and the very distinctive aluminium chimney. But for local rumours we would never have even known it was a sweet factory. This extract from their 1953 planning application shows the relative positions of Glenn's and Lant's: Edited by member, 18th Sep 2015 7:40 pm
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argon
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15 of 84  Sun 23rd Oct 2011 12:36pm  
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I remember going to Glenns a few times. My father had a friend who worked there as a sugar boiler. The visits would have been in the late 40's early 50's as sweets were still rationed and I always came away with some. Don't remember any bomb damage but my mind was probably on sweets.
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