Friday, 28 February 2014

ICI MIDDLEWICH WORKS

ICI MIDDLEWICH WORKS in Brooks Lane. Photo courtesy of John Bailey/Bill Armsden. Reproduced with permission.
by Dave Roberts

This photograph of the ICI Works in Middlewich is dated 1962 and has been restored to near-mint condition by Bill Armsden, who writes:

This photograph taken in 1962 of the ICI Works which could be seen from Booth Lane and was located the right of where the Kings Lock Pub is.
Pochins now sits where this works was.

I have cleaned up and enhanced the picture and it is now almost mint. It is hard to believe that just over 50 years ago this dominated the view from St Anns and Kitfield Avenues.

Do you remember it? I do.



Bill says that the photo has the year 1962 written on the back, and was one of many copies given out to workers at ICI Middlewich when the works closed in that year. This particular copy belongs to John Bailey, who now lives in Knutsford.

I have a vague feeling that this photo may have been taken before 1962, as the buildings and apparatus on the site don't look exactly as I remember them at that time. Then again, I was only a youngster in 1962, so I may be mistaken.

Does anyone know if this is indeed how the works looked in 1962?

Here's a different view of  part of the works, courtesy of Bill Eaton:

ICI DISTILLER BUILDING


And a late 1950s view of the SUC Middlewich Branch, also from Bill Armsden's collection, which includes a glimpse of the works:

CANAL SCENE FROM THE LATE 1950s


Many thanks to Bill and also to John Bailey for allowing us to feature this historic photo.




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