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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.

Comment by: Jim on 17th January 2023 at 15:33

I used to deliver bread wih a chap named Danny Colquit in the 70's around Warrington. We used to go to the back of a co-op where they had a long row of garages to load the van. The bread was Home Pride, I think, the changed to Mothers Pride. At some point the Warrington collection place was shut and we started going to a bakery in Wigan which I think was RHM (Rank Hovis Mc.Dougal?) It was a fair trek, I'd go to Danny's house in Haydock then we'd drive to Wigan to load up and then off to Warrington. I remember he didn't like the wire trays the bread came in and had his own wooden trays. He also had all the metal racks removed from the van and replaced with full van width wooden shelves. I'm wondering if the Hovis Bakery picture is the same place we used to go to for loading?

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