Howard's Dairies

Pictures of a time gone by

By Mike Day

The following pictures were rescued by Roger Worster, when one of the Howard's Dairy sites was being demolished. We believe these photos were originally taken for publicity purposes and therefore taken in and around the local area, but are wonderful pictures capturing a time gone by.

The first  photo shows a lorry collecting  milk churns, possibly from one of  the farms in Benfleet which supplied the dairy.

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Roger Worster

This picture shows the lorries arriving at the the dairy for processing and bottling

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Roger Worster

Head 'em up and move 'em out. These next 2 photos show the old horse and cart wagons leaving the dairy and out on the road delivering.

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Roger Worster

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Roger Worster

Moving into more modern times we now see the electric milk float taking over from horse power.

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Roger Worster

The milkman appears to be very customer friendly in this shot.

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Roger Worster

Remember those days of being the milk monitor, and drinking those half pint bottles of warm milk in mid summer with the thick layer of full fat cream on top?

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Roger Worster

 No refrigerated deliveries here.

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Roger Worster

Could this be the first lorry with cooling facilities?

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Roger Worster

This photo shows one of the Howard's Dairy shops. Not much like today's supermarkets. Here you can sit down and pass the time of day with the staff.

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Roger Worster

This page was added by Mike Day on 26/08/2016.
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The picture of the children drinking the milk does bring back a lot of memories, but I think they were actually 1/3 pint and never 1/2 pint bottles. Special production for schools and never retailed.

By Michael Reed
On 18/11/2013

Does anyone remember the open boxes of broken biscuits for sale from Aluminium Tins about 1ft x 1ft x1ft each standing on the floor in front of the counter in the Benfleet store. I think they were Plain (Sweet like Nice, Rich Tea, Digestive etc.), Cream (Custard Creams, Bourbon etc. Chocolate, (Probably Chocolate Digestives but My memory fails me here and Crackers, (like Cream crackers, Water Biscuits etc.) Not quite what current Hygiene regulations would allow, but we all survived I think

By Michael Reed
On 18/11/2013

In about 1958 as a child of about 11/12 years Myself, my Brother Graham Reed (RIP) and our friend Roy Hutchins, all of mid Thundersley Park Road, used to help our local milkman (John, I think) in his Milk Float on the top and most difficult part of his round. This was done as often as we were available, because we received a bottle of very sweet sickly orange juice in payment. We often had to help push him out of the mud and puddles in the very many unmade roads of the time.

By Michael Reed
On 21/11/2013

Lovely Howard's pictures.  Does anyone have any further pictures milk or dairy related from local dairies? :)

By Paul Luke
On 24/02/2014

Lots of nostalgia with these photos of Howards Dairies lorries in all their splendour ! My father and I were HGV drivers for Howards during the 1960s at Oak Rd, Hadleigh. The churn lorries waiting to unload were at the dairy London rd, Leigh.The livery was dark blue with yellow roof and wheels very smart.

By brian baker
On 29/12/2014

Concerning school milk, yes it was 1/3 pint and its a shame it stopped. Those were the days when you left school with a little dissipline and an education unlike those that now leave unable to add up without a calculator. Roger Worster! if you lived in Brook Road please get in touch. If its you we can play a game of RISK!!! Memories 

By keith little
On 12/06/2015

Hi - I am Tony Howard the great great grandson of the family and have just stumbled upon our history!  If anyone has any more pictures or information I would be very grateful if you got in touch via email tonyhoward@outlook.com  These pictures are absolutely brilliant!! thanks, Tony

By Tony Howard
On 08/03/2016

The history of Howards Dairies in ThorpeBay c 1910

Calling any knowledge of 202 Eastern Esplanade, ThorpeBay

I am researching a First World War connection to ThorpeBay, involving Red Cross / VAD facilities along Eastern Esplanade. Enquiries have indicated that the property situated at 202 (now a Chinese Resturant) may have been called 'The Glen' aka 'Glen Holiday Home'. However, other information suggests that the same premises was used by Howards Dairies about the same time - so I would like to try and clarify the situation if possible. 

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By Paul Watson
On 26/08/2016

I helped our Howards milkman back in the early 50s. I used to meet him at 6am on Saturdays + Sundays at the bottom of Glenmere Park Ave on Kiln Road. I worked until Midday or later, depending on weather, and he would give me 2 shillings (or 10p depending on your age). Also the school milk was stopped by Mrs Thatcher saying it was not needed by children any more, in fact cost saving for HMG.

By Brian Bellamy
On 29/08/2016

My father worked at Howard's dairy in the late 50's and early 60's and we lived in Oak Road number 12 it was a Howard's dairy house. I was as wondering if anyone has any photos of the houses from that time. Thanks Sue.

By Susan Parks nee Penfold
On 22/10/2016

I worked at Howards Dairies at Oak Road, Hadleigh in the Dairy and driving the lorries. We started the bottling plant at 700 am every morning bottling "sterilized" milk as the milk tanker from Norfolk had to be pumped out and on his way home. The bungalows on the right of the road housed workers from various departments. Ron Calthorp was my boss and Ken Bryant ran the milk cleansing plant in the Dairy. Howards will always have a place in my heart as I met my wife there and both of my children were born whilst I worked there also. Very happy memories of days gone.

By Brian Baker
On 09/11/2016

My memories of Howards Dairies go back to about 1962.  My Bungalow backed onto the fields owned then by Howards Dairies and we took great delight at watching their cows and calves feeding in these fields. In the hot weather I used to take up a bucket of water to them when they were standing under the large Oak tree whose branches spread out into the field.  Sadly Howards Dairies are no longer at Jotmans Farm, which is now predominately for Horses. This land unfortunately is now being earmarked for development, as if we need to make Benfleet and surrounding areas more congested.

By Mr. L. W. Cousins.
On 02/03/2017

Worked for Howards based in Rayleigh. Had a round in Wickford serving London Road and Nevendon Road. Wonderful Customers. Wickford was just developing then. Milk was priced at five old pennies a pint. Around two and a half pence in todays money. I delivered around 800 pints per day then, more on a Sunday. Mr John Clement was a director at the time.

By David Cask
On 30/05/2017

My grandad was the last horse and cart milkman in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex .

By Julie
On 12/06/2017

My Dad has a publicity photo from a newspaper many years ago, my Granddad Alfred Nash was photographed as the face of Howard's Dairies. My Dad used to help his Dad in the days of horse drawn milk floats, their favourite horse was called Billy I think. Anyone who remembers this, please comment or message me. Xxx

By Jacqueline Skinner
On 14/07/2017

My Dad, George Elford drove the Dennis HGV lorries through the 60's based at the Southchurch depot. My Grandad, Philip Williams drove a horse drawn float up until they stopped and then worked in the bottling plant.

By Dan Elford
On 29/07/2017

I worked as a milkboy for Howards at Shotgate from 1964/68. The two milkmen were John, and the superviser was Terry Hare, a great guy. Their depot was in Rayliegh. The people of Shotgate were very generous. Great times.

By Chris Benning
On 01/08/2017