Northern Dairies

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I have read pages and comments about Co-op dairies,  but no one has ever mentioned Northern Dairies.

We had our milk delivered daily by Northern Dairies to our place on Bradder Street, they used electric floats and they were great they looked so easy to drive, no pollution all I could hear was a Humm and bottles rattling, I am sure they wouldn’t use them now.

I remember the delivery drivers, Lue a very friendly a really funny guy, many times I help him out on his round.

Now is Northern Dairies still operating? or has it been gobbled up by the CO-OP?


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  • Great little vehicles those milk floats, if I remember correctly some also carried a few eggs for sale.
    Electric road vehicles? These must have been the first, or amongst the first all that time ago.

    By Steeve Cee (18/01/2021)
  • I think my auntie Grace (nee Whitaker) had shares in the Northern Dairies Co.

    By Maureen Paton (16/01/2021)
  • I have found a Northern Dairies Sterilised Milk bottle in a ditch with FGC on the bottom, (Forsters Glass Company, St Helens, perhaps).

    By Wayne Sunman (02/03/2020)
  • I recall May Mawer saying the bus fare had gone up to a threepenny bit, she was a very down to earth lady.
    Frank was a big friend of my late father, Frank and May were also involved in motor garages, one on Sutton Rd. a Citroen garage where their daughter met her husband, May and Frank started from the bottom. I understand their daughter Sheila is still alive and resides in Nottingham, so I was told a few months ago.

    By Mark Wilson (09/11/2019)
  • This firm was started by Frank and May Mawer, both good friends of my parents, I knew May. They owned North Park area, built no 2,all Southland Est. land they owned. Mark Wilson

    By Sender (31/05/2019)
  • Yes remember our milkman great bloke he was Bud Calladine. He used to let me ride on his float sometimes he was always happy ,and whistling 

    By Ken wright (02/12/2016)
  • After leaving Rosemary street School 1968, my first full time job was working for Peggs transport located on Pelham st. I worked with them for 2 years, Is there any one in Mansfield knows what happened to this company ? or any ex employee have any memories,

    By Gary Noble (27/11/2015)
  • Alan!! I nearly wrote about the bottle tops for making Pom Poms, during the War they used anything for handicrafts. Thanks for mentioning it! We had a Dairy shop on Station St in Woodhouse and Mrs Vallender had a few customers in the area and carted a churn with the measure in the mid 40s.


    By Tom Shead (25/03/2015)
  • I remember the fore runner of Northern Dairies, MAWERS they had the Schools contract and the bottles were  third of a pint with the cardboard tops, with a hole to put your straw through. They were based next to the Race Course off Southwell Road. I think they only did the Schools contract, anybody know?

    By Tom Shead (23/03/2015)
  • Yes I know a little more Tom. It was in the 1930’s that a man used to come round Bradder St. with a small horse and cart, plus two churns of cows milk. A half pint ladle on a long handle so the milk at the bottom of the churns could be reached. Whether it was Mawers I could not swear. Certainly in the 1940’s, Mawers delivered milk to   us on the street for many years. It was delivered  in pint bottles with the same type of cardboard tops as described by you. The cardboard tops we could use to make Pom Poms, with. Their small dairy was on Southwell Road, with access between two shops just under the old bridge. How, I’m not sure, but Northern Dairies took them over. Northern Dairies depot was on Little Barn Lane, and when the bottles were being washed then filled with milk, the noise was deafening. Not sure, but I feel the new Co-op Dairy depleted Mawer’s business. Slack’s Farm was at the side of Mawer’s dairy, and pretty close too, was a Tar Works. Where Northern Dairies were, there are now houses and bungalows that run along the side of park. 

    By alcurtis (23/03/2015)

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