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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 11th December, 2016)

Hovis


Hovis
The old Hovis Bakery.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic TZ100)
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Comment by: Fred Mason on 11th December 2016 at 00:05

A bit of useless information. HoVis comes from:

the Latin phrase hominis vis – "the strength of man"

I watched it on a tv programme about bread making in the 19th Century.

Interesting pic, Mick.

Comment by: Jonno on 11th December 2016 at 01:58

Have you got pedal assistance on your bike Mick, if so, it's no wonder you get around. I presume that's Cale Lane.

Comment by: Garry on 11th December 2016 at 06:41

This was of course JT Harvey's bakery, Cale Lane, New Springs in the 1970s.

Comment by: Anne on 11th December 2016 at 09:25

Before Cale Lane it was in Harvey street Lower Ince, hence the street name.

Comment by: Ken on 11th December 2016 at 09:28

Can`t be 1970s the bike is electric assisted were not invented then

Comment by: Gary Leece on 11th December 2016 at 09:35

It is amazing how a simple sign sets your mind working - was there a Rathbones bakery in Wigan in the sixties? I remember their vans.

Comment by: AB on 11th December 2016 at 10:05

There was another Brown bread, Does anyone remember TUROG ?? A bakery in Darlington St advertised and sold it

Comment by: Garry on 11th December 2016 at 10:13

Ken, er I mean JT Harvey's was in 1970s, even 1960s.
Some folk are hardwork.

Comment by: Jonno on 11th December 2016 at 11:39

Definately Gary, they've just demolished the old Rathbones bakery and are now builing the inevitable housing estate on the site.

Comment by: jack on 11th December 2016 at 12:18

There used to be Halls Bakery in Walkden Ave.

Comment by: Gary Leece on 11th December 2016 at 14:14

Thanks Jonno - I suppose the could call the new housing streets Rathbone Way, Loaf Street, Sliced Drive etc.
I think it used to be advertised as "Gold Medal" bread.

Comment by: Dave K on 11th December 2016 at 14:14

I worked briefly for Harveys bakery on Cale Lane in 1964 when they delivered using blue "Bakers Boy" diesel vans.

Comment by: Mick on 11th December 2016 at 14:14

I wonder why they have a sign saying no cycling when the Hovis advert and sign are promoting cycling by featuring a lad on a bike going up a big hill .

Comment by: winder on 11th December 2016 at 15:22

There was a bakery at Platt Bridge as well. Edwards, does anyone remember it?

Mick, did you manage to get the kitchen sink in your bag as well.

Comment by: Garry on 11th December 2016 at 18:34

Edwards bakery was in New St, Platt-Bridge, the building burned down. They was there for quite some time.

Comment by: Garry on 11th December 2016 at 18:40

Dave K. The small lorries were BMC RG. In other words the threepenny cab because of it's hexagon shape.
I've drove one on my coal round, but only for o short time. Blue with the red seal logo.

Comment by: Roy on 11th December 2016 at 18:54

Mick, the young Hovis lad in the adverts was never seen riding his bike, just pushing it, as this lad in the pic is doing, upon closer inspection.

Comment by: Garry on 11th December 2016 at 20:13

Mick the cycle sign. it's a depot Health & Safety warning, most depot have them.

Comment by: Steve on 11th December 2016 at 20:38

I remember Edwards Bakery and the delicious smell, on our way to school.

Comment by: DerekB on 12th December 2016 at 13:57

Does anyone else remember Excel bakery in Hindley? - I seem to remember they were at the bottom of Market St. and their delivery vans were blue.

Comment by: Vb on 12th December 2016 at 17:20

I seem to remember "Mother's Pride" bread but don't know where it was baked!

Comment by: Garry on 12th December 2016 at 22:04

Vb here!

Comment by: Alex on 12th December 2016 at 22:28

Memory lane cakes, Sunblest bread, Mothers pride, Wonderloaf, Warburtons, Rathbones and Larders. Can anyone name more big bakery names?

Comment by: John Ball on 16th February 2020 at 21:29

Remember unloading the hovis flour at Harvey's Cale Lane it was in bags in 1968 and they were a bit on heavy side 140lb but no problem I worked with Joe Stead on the old plant Great days and nights loads of descent guys worked there wouldn't mind getting in touch for a few pints.

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