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Potted meat factory and the wall of death

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: May 10, 2014

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THE Bugle (April 24 edition) asked for memories of Bilston's potted meat works.

I remember it well. As a 15-year-old in the early 1960s I used to cycle every morning from Darlaston to work in Wednesfield, a route which took me right past it.

The potted meat works, or Butcher's Hide Skin and Wool as I believe it was officially named, was situated where the houses in Alcester Drive and Chiltern Drive now stand, off the bottom end of Moseley Road.

The smell was very strong at times and I would try to hold my breath as I passed it, wondering how on earth people could work in it. As kids, myself and few friend used to go to a patch of ground to the rear of it to ride our bikes up and down some mounds of earth which we referred to as the wall of death. I remember it as though it was yesterday.

Alan Wheatley,

Woodsbank Terrace, Darlaston.

arwheatley@talktalk.net

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