Salford (Via Trafford Park), 3rd September 2018
This is the place
where mighty ships cargo
lay resting after its journey
after a long ride on the waves
Men toiled in the heat
as silent shipping crates
moved to the sound of the warehouse mice
avoiding the company cat
Inwards and Out
the orders of the day
some on road – some on rail
having come in from sail
To be changed in an instant
to wear or to eat
grain for the flour mill
or silk for the mayors seat
Changes in time led to changes afoot
as sons and daughters move on in their new fancy boots
dancing away to a shanty or two
like their elders before them – they think that its new!
A response to the Daily post Challenge – “Alphabet”
(Photo taken by the Author, Camera used Samsung WB-250)
Salford, 15th January 2016.
The picture you see is a Mural , created by the artist Walter Kershaw. It’s not the original, The original was taken down and replaced by the Trafford Park Development Corporation when I was in my teens. The second edition, whilst the building it was on was still being maintained by the corporation hung on the wall with pride for many years – until some of the industries that sponsored it moved out of town.
If you head to Old Trafford to see the football its still on display there – a memorial to the industry that once dominated the area. A pictorial A-Z of Northern Industry. Some firms are still there, the Delivery and Haulage firms as well as the food and chemical plants and you can see them as you travel around the industrial park. Rank Hovis has a factory opposite the northern branch of the Imperial War Museum – which itself is on the old site of storage silos from the second world war
And if you wander where your Morning Cornflakes come from – they’re most likely to have come from the Large Kelloggs factory in the centre of the park.
Both my Father and Grandfather worked at the MF Industrial works on Barton Dock Road, which has since passed over to Kelloggs since the work moved elsewhere in Europe. The Mural fondly remembers the factory though – as the vehicle the works produced appears on the picture alongside the company logo of the time. A fond memory of the works car park comes to mind – where the diggers were proudly on show in the docking bays. At Christmas any remaining diggers would be decorated brightly in Christmas lights
The building the mural hangs on – once a storage facility for the docks – has also undergone some changes – as it’s become a nightclub venue – strange but true.