Veterans in Practice member Alan Kelly has been researching into the history of Ogdens tobacco factory, located in the heart of the Everton and one of our sites of interest for the Heritage APP and Everton trail.
Here is what Alan found out:
‘Built in 1988 the factory is now a grade II listed building, some reports state that is is widely believed that Henry Hartley F.R.I.B was the Architect, (he was the company architect).
The building includes a Clock Tower with spire, a well known landmark to the local community.
It has also retained many of its historic features including the Ogden Crest, an inlaid marble foundation stone, oak panelling, a Jacobean staircase and carved timber fireplaces.
In 1860 Thomas Ogden opened a small retail tobacconist in Park Lane Liverpool, after opening further shops, a factory was acquired in James Street, Liverpool and by 1899 everything was moved to the newly built premises in Boundry Lane Liverpool.
During its peak in the 1920s the factory employed some 3000 people but gradually with the introduction of machinery and more modern methods of production the figure had dropped to just 190.
With manufacturing being moved to other Plants in the U.K the factory ceased production in 2007. Despite the owners extensive marketing campaign, the Plant has not been used for employment during the past 7/8 years.
LMH (Liverpool mutual housing) and developers Countryside Properties, have now submitted a Planning Application to build 133 new homes on the site of the factory buildings, the listed office building would be converted to 19 Apartments. ‘
A Kelly (Veterans in Practice VIP) 2015
Alan has now passed the research on to fellow VIP member Jay who will has found a local resident who used to work at the factory in its later years and will be interviewing her, along with re-creating old sounds of the factory itself, for our final content for the APP!