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Thursday, 17 January 2013

The Sugar Girls – Duncan Barrett & Nuala Calvi

In the East End of the 1940s and 1950s, thousands of girls left school every year at fourteen and went to work in the factories that stood alongside the docks in Silvertown, in the East End of London.[3] The stretch of factories running between Tate & Lyle’s refineries for sugar and syrup was known as the ‘Sugar Mile’, and also included Keiller’s jam and marmalade factory.[3] Tate & Lyle’s two factories had been built in the late nineteenth century by two rival sugar refiners, Henry Tate and Abram Lyle, whose companies had merged in the 1920s Unabridged. Read by Penny McDonald.

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