Friday, 19 December 2008

Clarnico Factory in Hackney Wick




This is a view of the old Clarnico factory from the other side of the canal. The 8 cranes behind it are the main Olympic Stadium cranes getting it ready for 2012.








This is the only building left out of the whole Kings Yard. All the surrounding factories were demolished to make way for the bio-generator for the Olympic site.



Pic London 2012

Please check out this site as well, as it shows a pic of the Clarnico Staff choir, outside the factory.



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12 comments:

Betty said...

Hi

Didn't Clarnico have something to do with peppermint sweets or something?

I seem to remember a sucking sweet with a mint flavour from when I was a little girl.

Betty

Shirley said...

Hi Sóna

I feel so sad about all the other buildings in this yard having been demolished!!

I know they awere all in the same state as this one, but surely they could ALL have been saved & converted into posh residences or something?!

What is the story with the bio-generator for the Olympics anyway?

Is it going to happen or not? Are they going to feed it by barge like they promised in the legacy plan?

Shirley

SapperK9 said...

My mum's first job was at Clarnico's in WWI.

Lolly said...

Hi! Aren't they using one of the existing factories in Kings Yard for part of the Energy Centre? What were the demolished warehouses used for? Does anyone know where I can get photographs?

Lolly said...

Hi! Aren't they using one of the existing factories in Kings Yard for part of the Energy Centre? What were the demolished warehouses used for? Does anyone know where I can get photographs?

Podge said...

My Mum (now 83 years old) and originally from the Hertford Road, Stevenage (before there was a New Town ! ha ! ha !), remembers a family called CROOME from Hackney Wick. The father of this family was known as 'Nutty' Croome (she doesn't know his real name !) and she thinks his wife was called Nelly ? He was a little man, maybe 4'11" tall and he worked down the sewers. Mum thinks he was probably born around 1900, as he was a little older than my Grandfather (Mum's Dad). Was the Clarnico factory hit by a bomb during WW2 ? as Mum recalls Nutty's daughter and son-in-law dying there. The daughter may have been called Lily ? as my Nan used to refer to her as 'Lipstick Lil' because she was a lovely looking young woman who was always applying & reapplying her lipstick ! Mum also thinks that one of their son's called Ron was still living in London up until the 1970s, and was also killed in an explosion, but this time no German incendaries, etc, but as he was working deliverying an oxygen tank/bottle. Maybe someone knows the name or the incident ? Nutty's sister was the link to Stevenage - it seems her husband was related to the Wray family of Hertford Road, Stevenage. They had a plot of land, working it as something of a smallholding, selling some of their produce at Hertford Market on a Saturday. Thats how Nutty & his family came to visit Stevenage regularly to see his sister. Mum says Nutty used to sing a little song which went "in and out urinals, sorting out the finals, passing many happy hour away, cor blimey !". He also used to like to set up traps whilst out in the countryside, to try and catch small wild birds - she thinks he used to take the birds back to London. Wonder if anyone will reply to this ? Good day to you all.

Anonymous said...

My Mum (now 83 years old) and originally from the Hertford Road, Stevenage (before there was a New Town ! ha ! ha !), remembers a family called CROOME from Hackney Wick. The father of this family was known as 'Nutty' Croome (she doesn't know his real name !) and she thinks his wife was called Nelly ? He was a little man, maybe 4'11" tall and he worked down the sewers. Mum thinks he was probably born around 1900, as he was a little older than my Grandfather (Mum's Dad). Was the Clarnico factory hit by a bomb during WW2 ? as Mum recalls Nutty's daughter and son-in-law dying there. The daughter may have been called Lily ? as my Nan used to refer to her as 'Lipstick Lil' because she was a lovely looking young woman who was always applying & reapplying her lipstick ! Mum also thinks that one of their son's called Ron was still living in London up until the 1970s, and was also killed in an explosion, but this time no German incendaries, etc, but as he was working deliverying an oxygen tank/bottle. Maybe someone knows the name or the incident ? Nutty's sister was the link to Stevenage - it seems her husband was related to the Wray family of Hertford Road, Stevenage. They had a plot of land, working it as something of a smallholding, selling some of their produce at Hertford Market on a Saturday. Thats how Nutty & his family came to visit Stevenage regularly to see his sister. Mum says Nutty used to sing a little song which went "in and out urinals, sorting out the finals, passing many happy hour away, cor blimey !". He also used to like to set up traps whilst out in the countryside, to try and catch small wild birds - she thinks he used to take the birds back to London. Wonder if anyone will reply to this ? Good day to you all.

Amy Porter said...

Hey,
I'm trying to find some information on a tin I found in a house my Hubby and I bought. Thought this might be a good spot! I haven't found one that looks like the one I have yet. It's a tin box with red paper around it- no images, but text "Clarnico Limited London England" on the top and "Clarnico chocolate wafers, milk chocolate wafers, 8 dozen" on one of the sides. Any ideas?
Thanks!
Amy

Anonymous said...

My mum used to work at clarnicos in the 1950s I remember going to see her after school and eating the chocolate I can't remember now where it was I thought it was in Statford. Does any one know please.
Linda

Chloe Jones said...

Help!
My grandad worked in Clarnicos in 1955, he was 16. He is looking for a friend of his called Georgie Fuller who was an electrician. Please

Anonymous said...

Hi can you tell me if you can add a few photo's as I have some from staff photos taken in the 1930 and part of office news letter of that time in the 1930's
thank you Maureen R

Leabank Square said...

Hi Maureen
Oooops! Missed this comment. I'm very sorry. That sounds very interesting. We'd love to post them up for you. There seem to be a number of relatives of former staff members interested in following this thread, 'to see where Nana used to work', while visiting the Olympic Park.
Maybe they'll spot someone in your pics.
Please email them to 'abantuchoudhury@hotmail.co.uk'
Thanks a lot, and keep returning to this thread in case someone has a question to ask about anyone you may know.