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well done guys nice info! d.d. can you put the map up?

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This building was known as the "Morpeth Mill" on WW2 plans, on the same block was a Foundry, two Pubs (The London Hotel and possibly The Egerton) and an Air Raid Shelter.

I haven't found out anything about Morpeth Mill as yet, this was found in passing on another project.

The chimney does not look like it was there when this was the Oleo Works as the buildings are completely different shapes, so it highly likely the Oleo Works were demolished and replaced with this Mill.

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This building after the Warwas Norman Foods


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Originally Posted by diggingdeeper
This building was known as the "Morpeth Mill" on WW2 plans, on the same block was a Foundry, two Pubs (The London Hotel and possibly The Egerton) and an Air Raid Shelter.

I haven't found out anything about Morpeth Mill as yet, this was found in passing on another project.

The chimney does not look like it was there when this was the Oleo Works as the buildings are completely different shapes, so it highly likely the Oleo Works were demolished and replaced with this Mill.


The original Oleo Works haven't been demolished, simply much added to over the years. If you go back to page 1, in the first pic you can see a clear difference beween the original building on the right-hand side and the later extension on the left. Pic 3 shows that the chimney is at the back of the older part of the works, so it would have been part of the original building.

The factory seems to have been built in the late 1880s, but oddly it doesn't appear in Trade Directories until 1893, when it's listed as Birkenhead Margarine Works (A Ogston & Sons). Just before WW1, it belonged to British Margarine Supplies Ltd and is named as Morpeth Refinery. Part of the premises is identified as a palm kernel store, so there's not much doubt that the works were originally built to process oils & fats for the production of margarine, as other posts have suggested.

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Here are some maps of the oleo works area throughout time, I have more detailed maps for 1950's onwards but ran out of steam.

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My memory of my Norman Foods visit (page 3) would have been in the '50s, so dd's map of 1955 confirms this. Thanks.

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These former oleo works are currently being demolished. I'll post pictures later.


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