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Basket Works 1949
Basket Works 1949
Photo: Kath Lee
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Item #: 20239
I found this in a box of my mother's photo's. It is described on the back as Basket Works 1949.

My mother, Margaret Lee nee Ainscough is on the far right in the head scarf, she would have been about 26 when this was taken. Any one recognise the other people in the photo?

Comment by: D. on 19th March 2012 at 10:06

Was the basket works somewhere off Soho Street near where Asda is now?

Comment by: THOMAS ANGLESEA on 20th March 2012 at 19:59


Comment by: Elaine Green on 6th April 2012 at 18:21

There was a basket works at Newtown just off the bottom of Douglas St next to the jam works, I used to live across the road from The bird I'th Hand as a child and remember the basket works being on fire in about the early 60's

Comment by: Dot on 22nd April 2012 at 09:55

I worked for the basket works and took the bases glue etc, and worked from home. I used to do this when my daughter was in bed. She was born 1969. Dont know when It finally closed.

Comment by: christine brown on 4th May 2012 at 01:13

does anybody remember miss doris miller she worked at basket works,she was my auntie.

Comment by: kathleen waterhouse nee bradshaw on 11th May 2012 at 20:46

my mother nellie bradshaw worked at the Basket Works about 1948-49

Comment by: Kath Lee on 29th May 2012 at 15:03

I seem to remember my mum talking about a Nellie Bradshaw.
They must have been there together. Mum lived on Ellis Street, Whelley. She had sisters Ellen (Nellie) and Edna.

Comment by: meadows on 15th December 2012 at 12:25

my dad Gordon Meadows worked at basket works until his death in 1964 he was only 42. I am not sure what years he worked there? Does anyone remember him?

Comment by: rolo69 on 27th June 2014 at 10:42

This is going back a bit,my aunt Marlene Whittaker worked there along with Jean Murdock and Mary Bennet,two names that I remember.She used to bring cane,base's and block formers home and we halped her to make baskets for easter eggs etc.

Comment by: Christine on 3rd April 2017 at 00:30

Yes it is the basket works, I lived at the top of Caroline street, and played just inside, there was baskets and chairs hung up...I went to st Thomas school, and there was a bloke who,lived round the corner in a pub near the bridge, but can't remember his name...the school canteen was down the road passed st James school near the canal...

Comment by: Kath Lee on 14th November 2019 at 13:38

I have more info, I think that the second lady on the left is Eva Hampson, that is her married name. She used to work in the Buttery bakers on Wallgate. Lived in Pemberton and Kitt Green. I can very vaguely remember going to the Basket Works when I was a tot in the 1960s with my mum.

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