COWAN STREET

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COWAN STREET

Postby kiwi » Thu Aug 31, 2017 2:30 am

Watkins Bible Bookbinding Factory stood on the site of what is now the children’s playground (Burgess Park). It was one of the area’s biggest factories. At its peak, it bound 1 million bibles a year, employing 400, mainly women, known as ‘folder girls’. It was deemed to offer more ‘respectable’ employment than some other local factories. Suffering World War 2 bomb damage, the factory was rebuilt in late 1950s but eventually closed in 1977.
Watkins’ unassuming factory entrance was in the middle of a terrace at 6-8 Cowan Street, but the factory backed onto Scarsdale Road – both roads which were lost when Burgess Park was created. The factory took up almost an entire block bounded by 4 streets – a larger footprint than Chumleigh Gardens.
WATKINS & CO,Cowan street,Albany Road..jpg
WATKINS & CO,Cowan street,Albany Road
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Cowan Street,Albany Road.

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Re: COWAN STREET

Postby kiwi » Thu Aug 31, 2017 2:40 am

Watkins & Co Cowan Street c 1961.jpg
Watkins & Co Cowan Street c 1961
Watkins,Cowan Street. c 1961..jpg
Watkins & Co. Cowan Street..jpg
In the plan above, the Cowan St entrance is at top centre. The yellow squares are post-war prefabs – emergency housing on bomb sites.

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Re: COWAN STREET

Postby kiwi » Mon May 27, 2019 3:47 am

Cowan Street, 1982.  X.png
Cowan Street, 1982.


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