I am writing a history of the precast concrete factory at
Barrow (known at various times as Ellis Works, Redland Works
and Lafarge Works) which was acquired by the Robert Brett
Group last year, and is in now part of the company's landscaping
I would be pleased to hear from anyone who has any information
about the history of the factory, and the lime kilns that
previously occupied the site.
I would also like to know of any photographs of people working
at the site or taking part in any sports and social events
Perhaps some pictures of people at work there, taken on any
unknown date many years ago, will jog a few memories!
Robert Brett Group,
2 Salts Avenue,
Kent ME15 0AY.
Telephone 01622 741198
STEREO PICTURE IS MILL LANE
The stereo picture shown in Issue no 97 is of Mill Lane;
the cottages on the right were still standing when I was last
in Barrow 3 years ago. The building behind the trees would
have the old gypsum mill that was torn down in the early thirties.
I remember playing on the old ruins as a young boy.
The pathway by the cottages is the way into the small farm
(used to be owned by the Daisy Heaps and her husband.)
The gap in the hedge on the other side of the mill pond was
the gate to the footpath to Mountsorrel going over the "one-man
bridge" or the "Iron bridge" where we lads and gals used to
swim in the river on a summer's day.
When the mill was in operation and grinding the gypsum, the
water covered the cart road down to the fields, so walkers
had to use the elevated pathway to get to the footpath to