Dan, you mentioned about what happened to Hadfield's ...
My Grandfather, Owen John Owen, worked for them from 1915 until 1965 when he retired.
Hadfield's got acquired by Fisons.
I've got a file somewhere full of clippings, photos and letters from his time with the firm.
His father (a coal merchant) died when Owen was 6.
Aged 14 he was sent with a one way ticket to Liverpool from Groeslon.
He lodged in a house on Daisy Street and worked on the docks, as he used to describe his first job as "shoveling shite" from the boats to be used in the making of fertilzer.
He eventually moved into his own house on Sidney Road, Bootle, then out to Crosby with his wife and 2 daughters.
As a lad I remember an antique hammock he gave us off an old clipper.
I'd love to see pictures of the docks as he would have seen them as a 14 year old.
Anyway, here's a photo of him when he was about 18.
More info to follow.
Well here's something else I didn't have a clue about either, Loretta.
Stanley Dock Branch of the Liverpool-Leeds canal.
Hadfield's Bone Fertilizer.
Lightbody Street, Stanley Dock.
Founded 1820. Still going in 1911.
It looks as though it was a big factory, and the smell must have been horrendous. (I worked in the tallow trade for a few years.)
Love the donkey in this photo.
Not a clue what happened to Hadfield's. Although Marine Guano started to be imported from the islands off Peru around this time, and there was loads of it.