Tag Archives: Renshaw

The Ship and The Swan

In a conversation I had with my father in 2014, he told me about the Ship pub and the bakery behind the delicatessen where he bought pies in 1936.

Car spares shop Eddown & Co., referred to as Eddowns, occupied the site of that delicatessen, and was the last part of what was called Smith’s Terrace still standing for as long as I could remember. It was demolished at the time of making this video in April 2021, and so I have used screenshots from Google StreetView.

Almond Grading at Renshaws

My father worked at the marzipan makers J.F. Renshaw, Locks Lane, Mitcham, from both before and after the Second World War, where he became an almond grader.

I recorded in audio a conversation I had with him in 2015, when he was 93 years old. He tells what he remembers about the different types of almonds, and their uses. He left the firm in 1963.

Loading Bank in the factory. 1959/60

Grading the almonds on the top floor at the Renshaw factory, Locks Lane, Mitcham. Possibly 1960.

Roy Hookins on the left, was a life-long friend of my father.

Group photo at Renshaw.

An outing from the firm.