Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Palethorpes Exhibition - Tipton Library

Following the recent success of its food and drink related local history day Tipton Library is pleased to announce details of a special Palethorpes photographic and memorabilia display.

Palethorpe's is a British producer of cooked meat and pastry products and was particularly well known for its branded sausages. Founded in 1859, it was bought by the Bibby Group in 1969 and then by Haverhill Meat Products (a J Sainsbury, Canadian Meat packers Joint Venture) before becoming part of the Northern Foods Chilled Foods division in 1991. Palethorpes is now part of Pork Farms.

The company moved to Tipton in 1896, claiming at the time to be the world's largest sausage producer. The company expanded during World War I, supplying canned meat products to the British Army

However, it lost market share during and after World War II, with restrictions on meat sales due to the amount of meat that was being imported and by the 1960s, with the development of supermarkets in the United Kingdom, the company was experiencing additional pressure.

In 1967 Palethorpe's constructed a purpose built factory employing 400 people in Market Drayton

The memorabilia includes original sausage boxes from the 30s and the photos include shots of the factory never been seen before in Tipton

Community Library Manager Robert Hazel says 'it is a great oportunity to come in and look at part of Tipton's past. The company was a big employer in the area and hopefully the photos will re-kindle some memories.
The exhibition will run at the library until the end of November
Robert Hazel
Community Library Manager
Sandwell Council... working for you
Sandwell Council
Tipton Library
17 Unity Walk
W: www.sandwell.gov.uk
T: 0121 557 1796
E: robert_hazel@sandwell.gov.uk

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