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Advertising Deadline
24th January 2005

Spring Copy Deadline
31st January 2005
Copy to:
The Editor
17 North Street
Barrow upon Soar
Leics LE12 8PZ


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 products division.

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 held there.

Perhaps some pictures of people at work there, taken on any unknown date many years ago, will jog a few memories!

Paul Tritton,
Company Historian,
Robert Brett Group,
2 Salts Avenue,
Kent ME15 0AY.
Telephone 01622 741198

Old photos of the factory


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 Mountsorrel.

Harry Squires