Howard's Dairies

Milkmen

I have just found this birthday card sent to me by our milkmen in the 60’s! I have been trying for ages to find a photo of their horses, out of all the thousands of photos that my Dad took, but to no avail. Many people who are not from the area do not believe they were still using horses in my lifetime (I’m 54). It was a highlight of my childhood days to wait for the milkman’s cart, and life seemed so simple then. I lived in Rochester Drive, Westcliff, but I remember they had a depot on London Road in Leigh.

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  • I worked for Howard’s Dairies from 1960 until the business was sold to United Dairies in the early 1970s.I worked at Oak Road Hadleigh bottling sterilized milk and the at age 21 drove the lorries until made redundant.My father and brother both worked there and where I met my future wife.It was a great place to work and I have some very fond memories.

    By Brian james Baker (17/12/2017)
  • My father -Ted West- worked at Howards Dairies on the London Road at Chalkwell, he looked after the horses.

    We lived in Daws Heath and he would cycle to work, then I remember him putting a motor on to his bike to make life easier!  This would have been around 1946/48 time I would guess.

    By Margaret Wakley (West) (06/06/2016)
  • Hi all, my dad Frederick William Penfold drove a truck for Howard dairies. In the sixty’s we lived at no 12 Oak Road (South) in a dairies house till we moved to Australia in 1961.

    By Susan Parks (05/05/2016)
  • Further to the lady’s comments. I can remember the Hadleigh depot which was quite big and based in Oak Rd South.   There were other depots, one near the Elms, one just before Chalkwell Schools which I remember having the horse drawn carts and a big one at Southchurch. There was also a shop at one time next to the alley leading to Rectory Road car park and for a while in Rectory road itself and the farm being in Bowers Gifford if my memory serves me well

    By Rob Keen (30/06/2013)

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