Colman's

A starch packer in the family, Colman’s 1880s

I discovered that my great grandmother, Emmeline Clara Reynolds, worked for Colman’s as a starch packer when she was aged 16. She was born in 1864/65. Her eldest daughter Beatrix Maud Reynolds appears in the1901 census which states that she was aged 18 and worked as a mustard packer at Colman’s. It must have been […]

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Colman’s Print 1947-1984

My name is Anthony Lyon. Most people at Colman’s knew me as Tony. I finished at Colman’s in 1984 as the superintendent in the printing department but I had a long career from 1947 until they closed in 84. It was always expected when I left school that I would go to Colman’s. My family […]

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Colman’s: An Edwardian business 1969-1994

Rod Spokes worked 22 years with R/C, first as a Production Manager in the soft drinks department and then as an Industrial Relations Manager, Operations Manager and finally Chief Executive in the South Africa division. He has a great interest in Colman history.

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Labourer to Manager, Colman’s 1968-1990

I went to Colman’s and began more 12-hour shifts but for five nights rather than six. My job was to do the ‘bagging off’ in the mustard mill. The mustard seed went through sieves upstairs and then came down through big pipes to feed off into large sacks.

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