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Harvey's Bakery
Photo: Dennis Seddon
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Harvey's Bakery New Springs 1950s?

Comment by: Dave Allen on 7th September 2013 at 21:29

Does anyone remember a night watchman, his name was OZZIE, worked there in the 80's. Had a little portacabin at the entrance. Lived on the main road Bolton Rd near the shops I think it was Bamfurlong.

Comment by: Albert. on 8th September 2013 at 09:43

Dave. I can only remember Harvey's Bakery, when it was situated at the corner of Manley Street, Lower Ince. When they moved, it became Hanson's Dairy. I didn't realize that it was New Springs, where Harvey's had moved to.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 8th September 2013 at 14:36

Anyone remembers "Harvey's red seal bread" logo.

Comment by: Dave Gregory on 8th September 2013 at 15:02

Worked for Harvey's as a van lad for a couple of years when I left school in 1969. The bakery was along Cale Lane. I think next door was Lowthers and behind was Halls bakery.

Comment by: Brian Johnson on 8th September 2013 at 15:46

me and my brother used to work there i was a van boy i was with a man called frank he lived on norley hall wiltshire place

Comment by: Albert. on 8th September 2013 at 18:02

Having analysed the comments made, and noted the date the photograph was taken, New Springs must always have been the main bakery, and the one in Lower Ince, a type of depot. What did the Harvey's Bakery in New Springs become? or is it still a bakery?

Comment by: Garry on 8th September 2013 at 18:39

Albert, do you not watch the news, British Bakery.

Comment by: Elayne Monks on 8th September 2013 at 22:30

Worked at Harveys in the office from 1980/81 always at Cale Lane, met my 'van lad' of 29 years there, happy days! My dad was a supervisor there too

Comment by: AB on 9th September 2013 at 09:53

In the 40's Harveys bakery was in Manley St Lower Ince. Halls bakery was in Walkden Av andalong with Rathbones these were the 3 leading Wigan breadmakers. As to the wrappers and slicing; there was no such a thing. Lowthers was a separate bakers with a logo of " A1 Eccles cakes"

Comment by: Albert. on 9th September 2013 at 15:43

No, Garry. Never saw any news bulletins, relating to British bakeries, must have been loafing about in another part of the house. Is that the M.D.'s Rover, parked outside?

Comment by: Dave Gregory on 9th September 2013 at 20:03

I remember when I started a large sliced loaf,( one and three quarter lbs ) was one and tuppence . I was on 'round 14' that delivered to St Helens, the driver was Alan Pomfret,he lived at Bryn and I think his parents had a shop at Scholes. One day a week with another driver I went to a bakery in Darwen to collect Hovis loaves. The first and most enjoyable job I've had. (Harvey's that is, not going to Darwen).

Comment by: Kenneth HARVEY Mast on 19th January 2014 at 23:41

My great uncle Jack Harvey was, I believe, the one-time owner of Harvey's Bread. I'd appreciate any information about the bakery's location as I will visit Wigan in February 2014. Thanks.

Comment by: Cath Harvey on 9th April 2014 at 12:00

Hi Kenneth, Jack was my great, great uncle. I visited Wigan about 6 years ago and I drove around to look at all the old houses the family had lived in. I also went see the bakery site on Cale Lane. The buildings are all still there and being used but obviously it isn't Harvey's anymore!

Comment by: Peter Alker on 12th July 2014 at 18:49

My uncle John, John Fearnley was, I believe, a manager at Harveys. My grandma, Nellie Alker, worked there part-time., even though she was in her 70,s. She appeared in the Harveys advert on tv,. ITS THE VERY BEST, was grandmas line. Two lovely people.

Comment by: David Lowther Selby on 1st August 2014 at 21:53

John Harvey bought the bakery from my grandfather, William Lowther in 1955. The building was owned by my G.Grandfather William and built in the early 30's by Fred Swift, It was operated under Lowther's A1 Eccles Cakes. John Harvey as a boy worked for William senior who died in 1946. The business was then run by his son William junior and Robert (Bob) Leech, my Father Gordon Selby was manager. John bought the business supposedly for his son. My Father did not get on with the new owner, so left and went to New Zealand. If anybody would like more info. on the Lowthers, email me.

Comment by: Brian Wison on 2nd August 2014 at 13:11

Started working their 1960 as a loader left 1980 as a Despatch manager to move to South Africa loved every moment lovely town lovely people

Comment by: Keith Moore on 31st March 2016 at 08:22

I worked for both companies. Joined Lowthers in 1969 as a salesman. Norman Braddock , John Fearnleys brother worked there. Joined Harvey's in 1978 and my round was in Billinge and Skelmersdale. Had many good friends in the sales force and totally loved my time there until ?

Comment by: Kevin Connor on 29th August 2016 at 21:41

I started work at Harveys as a van boy in 1965 my driver was Len Dawson nice man 13 years of fond memories.

Comment by: Veronica Glover(,nee Tierney) on 27th December 2018 at 18:05

My father Basil Tierney worked for Lowther Eccles cakes in the 1960's. Does anyone remember him? Jam tarts, cakes etc. Wonderful.

Comment by: John Ball on 6th August 2019 at 22:26

Worked there 67 68 on old plant Jack Flash and Harold Balfour were chargehands good days and nights

Comment by: allan barton on 13th October 2019 at 12:19

ozzie used to walk it to and from work he worked in the confecction at first a thin man with pointed face, i was van lad till made redundant in 1980 i was on hindley run first with len dawson then on sotton steel works 17 canteens with driver robert hart from liverpool bakery when it closed my van on hindley was a leyland fg reg number NDK 518R and my van on shotton was a ford d1000 custom cab regMLV 52R i used to get up at 3.30am and back for dinner.my wage was £48 pounds taking home and i got £200 pounds redundancy money when all the van lads were sold out by there drivers for a £1000 each ahh the human greed.

Comment by: John Ball on 16th February 2020 at 21:43

Fond memories from 1967/68 if there is any guys who worked there around that time particularly on old plant and fancy a Wetherspoon's don't essitate to get in touch

Comment by: Frank Allmark on 14th May 2020 at 14:40

Long shot I know, but trying to get in touch with an old friend who worked at Harvey's 1970s/80s, Marilyn Haddock. Would appreciate an email address if possible.

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