Brian Moseley, Plymouth
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Radnor Place Dairy, December 1949.
City of Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery.

The new central dairy in Radnor Place, Plymouth, was officially opened at 2pm on Wednesday August 4th 1920 by Mr J Hayne Pillar, the president of the Plymouth Co-operative Society Limited.  Earlier that day he had laid the Foundation Stone of the new Preserve Works at Pennycross.  To publicise both events the Society laid on a huge procession, part formed at the Preserve Works and part at North Quay, Sutton Harbour.  They met at 3pm outside Saint Jude's Church and then marched along Ebrington Street, Old Town Street, Bedford Street, Frankfort Street, Union Street, King's Road, Fore Street, Marlborough Street, Albert Road, Tavistock Road, Milehouse and finished back at Peverell Corner.

The Society had been supplying Plymouth and district with milk but it had been very difficult to ensure that the milk supplied to its customers was of the purest kind.  This new Dairy was equipped with the most modern machinery to supply pasteurized milk.  It would also provide better conditions for the men who had to work there and would now be bale to work a maximum forty-eight hour week.

Just seven years later the Radnor Place Dairy was re-equipped with the then most modern pasteurization and bottling machinery which enable the healthy milk to be supplied to the customers in hygienically cleansed, sealed glass milk bottles.  The raw milk was kept at a temperature of between 145 and 150 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes before being cooled by ice.  The new plant could clean 120 bottles per minute and fill and seal 4,000  bottles per hour.  On Friday March 25th 1927 Lord Astor was given a conducted tour of the facilities by the Works Manager, Mr J Sheehan, and the chairman of the Dairy Sub-Committee, Mr C Coombes.

On the afternoon of Saturday March 26th 1927 the Dairy extension was officially opened in the presence of the Mayor of Plymouth, Alderman J J H Moses, and the Medical Officer of Health, Doctor A T Nankivell.

It is not known when the Radnor Place Dairy closed but it is thought to have been during the 1990s.

The site is new occupied by Plymouth University's Radnor Hall of Residence.