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Milkwall Colour Works, Gloucestershire.

Milkwall Colour Works

Bob wrote: "... The colour works at Milkwall, adjacent to the former railway station. (Believed to have closed during the late 1960's/early 1970's). The photo was taken in October 1962"

Bob would like to know any outline details of the latter-day ownership and operation of the Colour Works and the closure date of the works. Can anyone help?.

Peter Essex added: "... There are two references to these works here together with footnotes giving the source which might tell more. In 1965 the works was still employing seven people and had two activites processing oxides that had been mined elsewhere making me think that local ore was processed to make ochre when the works were built in 1926 and grinding coal for use in the paper and fibreboard industries and in drills. Presumably this was local coal given that the works were on the railway. I havent found the closure date but such activities obviously faced doom as economic propositions in step with the dwindling and death of local mines. For example the last deep pit at Northern United closed at Christmas 1965".

Can anyone else help?.

Bob Smith added (Sept 2012): "... I remember plaing in one of the sheds here alongside the railway in aprox 1968 or 69. My friend and myself and my dog managed to get ourselves completely covered in red ochre which was like dull red talc talcolm powder. Mother was distinctly unamused upon our return home".

Michael Gorroick added (March 2013) "... My grandfather William Malpass was manager of British Colour and Mining for many years until he retired in about 1956. He and his wife Millicent lived at West View in Milkwall. He told me that they ground all the black material used to make Decca records in Milkwall amongst other things. Hope this helps".

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