Dairies and Abbatoirs

Today you have a Unigate depot in Acacia Road but, when I was a proud little six to seven year old just after the First World War it was a farmyard complete with cows, chickens etc., and the cows were put out to pasture in the fields around the area. St. Johns Wood High Street, then just High Street, sported an abattoir; it was behind the butcher’s shop on the corner of Charles Lane and, horrible thought, we kids used to rush up there from school on slaughter days to watch them swill the blood down the gutter. I often wonder why I did not turn vegetarian.

Ken Brown the grocer of S.R.Brown & Sons writing in the 1980s

This page was added on 23/08/2012.

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  • Yes I remember clearly the Unigate milk float driving into Barrow Hill and if you we’re lucky enough, you could ride on it. Those little bottles of free milk, thanks Unigate.

    By Krish (06/05/2013)

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