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#1 by Sheldonboy , Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:52 pm

Who has memories of old Birmingham Business that are no longer trading?


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#2 by denniscarole ( deleted ) , Thu Dec 05, 2013 9:33 pm

Davenports

Davenports was in the past one of three large brewery firms based in Birmingham they started brewing their kind of beer in 1829 Davenports brewed from property built in 1815 on the corner of Bath Row and Granville St the original company ceased production from here in 1986. It was renamed Highgate and davenport brewery and despite renewed operations and a new frontage it still didn't work subsequently the place was demolished and the site is now occupied by Tesco and apartments


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#3 by Sheldonboy , Thu Dec 05, 2013 9:43 pm

I will say Davenports Drum bitter and Continental Lager were both very good.


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#4 by Voltman , Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:12 pm

When I was a kid I used to look into their bottling plant through the window on Bath Row.


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#5 by Sheldonboy , Fri Dec 06, 2013 10:22 pm

Yes that was always worth a look.


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#6 by denniscarole ( deleted ) , Fri Dec 06, 2013 10:46 pm

The Austin Longbridge I knew a few people who worked there but it was a long way from Shard End. I should imagine a lot of people on this forum have tales to tell


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#7 by Slow Jo , Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:40 am

Anyone remember cannings drysalters or elvins woodworkers soho hill ,scribbans bakery.All gone now i think but not sure.

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#8 by denniscarole ( deleted ) , Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:31 pm

HP sauce Aston

HP Sauce is a brown sauce originally produced by HP Foods in the UK, now produced by the H. J. Heinz Company in the Netherlands. It is the best-known brand of brown sauce in the United Kingdom in 2005 with 73.8% of the retail market in the UK. HP Sauce has a malt vinegar base, blended with tomato, dates, tamarind extract, sweetener and spices


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#9 by denniscarole ( deleted ) , Thu Dec 12, 2013 8:45 pm

Lucas Industries plc was a famous British manufacturer of components for the motor industry and aerospace industry. Founded in 1860 It was based in Birmingham. It was listed on the London Stock Exchange and was once a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. In August 1996, Lucas merged with the American Varity Corporation to form LucasVarity plc.

The Lucas trademark is currently owned by TRW Automotive and is licensed to Elta Lighting for aftermarket auto parts in the United Kingdom.

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#10 by Sheldonboy , Thu Dec 12, 2013 8:56 pm

Lucas was a massive business in Brum how many factories were there? I know of Shaftmoor Lane and the City Centre ones.


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#11 by Voltman , Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:12 am

Wikipedia gives a good account, along with some links to more info.... Lucas Industries


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#12 by astoness , Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:36 am

Quote: Slow Jo wrote in post #3
M sister worked in the staff canteen at lucas's in great king street,i think thats gone now?


yes jo lucas gks has now gone..dad worked there in the factory part and later on he was on security..my aunt worked there for the best part of 40 years..

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#13 by Slow Jo , Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:30 pm

Thought so lyn ,my sister said it was the best job she ever had .

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#14 by Brookieboy , Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:01 pm

Lo Denniscarole,
Worked at Austin/Leyland/AustinRover/Rover Longbridge for 26 years, mainly in sales retired in 91, despite going to Rednal at times have met very few colleagues.

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#15 by denniscarole ( deleted ) , Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:29 pm

Yes Voltman it does, thats where i got it from


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