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From the Summer 1953 ABC Coach Guide, a long and thin advert for Marsdens'.

I assume that the ice cream was made in the factory behind the Plough Inn on Sandygate Road, as shown on Map 285, as the advert gives the company address as 310 Sandygate Road.

A quick peek at Multimap reveals the factory has beeen replaced by a housing estate.

Does anyone have any details or memories of the company and it's products, cafes etc.

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I remember the one on Change Alley but to us it was 'Marsdens Milk Bar' rather than the Carlton Resaurant. I seem to remember the decor was prominently blue and white, - favourite drinks were 'froffee' coffee and milk shakes and I think they sold the usual curly sandwiches that were so popular in the 1950s he he

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From the Summer 1953 ABC Coach Guide, a long and thin advert for Marsdens'.

I assume that the ice cream was made in the factory behind the Plough Inn on Sandygate Road, as shown on Map 285, as the advert gives the company address as 310 Sandygate Road.

A quick peek at Multimap reveals the factory has beeen replaced by a housing estate.

Does anyone have any details or memories of the company and it's products, cafes etc.

A bit too young to remember but I did come across these photos in 'Sheffield in the 1930s' by Peter Harvey - hope they help jog a few!

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Gramps said:
I remember the one on Change Alley but to us it was 'Marsdens Milk Bar' rather than the Carlton Resaurant. I seem to remember the decor was prominently blue and white, - favourite drinks were 'froffee' coffee and milk shakes and I think they sold the usual curly sandwiches that were so popular in the 1950s he he

 

The ad suggests that there is a milk bar on Change Alley as well as the Carlton Restaurant. The two can be seen side by side in these pictures from Picture Sheffield:

 

http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s14250&pos=1&action=zoom&id=17070

http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s14251&pos=1&action=zoom&id=17071

http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s14252&pos=1&action=zoom&id=17072

 

and this one helps to put it into context for those people too young to remember Change Alley.

Edited by madannie77
repaired broken links to Picture Sheffield

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The ad suggests that there is a milk bar on Change Alley as well as the Carlton Restaurant. The two can be seen side by side in these pictures from Picture Sheffield:

http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/zo...jpgh/s14250.jpg

http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/zo...jpgh/s14251.jpg

http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/zo...jpgh/s14252.jpg

and this one helps to put it into context for those people too young to remember Change Alley.

HI All l used to save up to go in Marsdens Milk Bar on Change Alley on Sat afternoons, we used to gather in there to flirt with the girls, of course they were there for the same thing as the lads, this was before the war and we could not wait for repairs to be done after the Blitz, the firm that was there before the Elect; offices was Mudfords the tent and rope makers and the last shop past the milk bar was Wilks the ironmongers shop corner of Norfolk st Oh! to be that age again, [and know what l know now] Arthur

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@madannie...yes you're right of course, I doubt I ever noticed the restaurant :)

Arthur, - I was a 'regular' in Wilks in the late 40s. My grandfather was a bit of a handyman - always doing little jobs for his neighbours and he would send me there for the hardware, hinges, locks and gate latches etc. I always thought there would be very little you couldn't buy in that shop ! Bucket washers were a regular item - remember those ??

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I assume that the ice cream was made in the factory behind the Plough Inn on Sandygate Road,
Don't remember this as an ice cream factory, but do remember the buildings being used by Sandygate Motors for repairs.

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Don't remember this as an ice cream factory, but do remember the buildings being used by Sandygate Motors for repairs.

Taken from 1954 Sheffield Telegraph Street Guide

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Taken from 1954 Sheffield Telegraph Street Guide

Another advert 1948

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Taken from 1954 Sheffield Telegraph Street Guide

I think Marsdens still have offices in the building next to the Plough, if not they did a couple of years ago as I had an interview there.

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I think Marsdens still have offices in the building next to the Plough, if not they did a couple of years ago as I had an interview there.

Thats right sando, it appears their business has grown over the years. They are (or were?) still into catering.

Here is a couple of links, Marsdens are still listed as 310 Sandygate road as they were in the 1950s, perhaps before?

http://www.alljobsuk.com/sitemap/majoremployer/9390

http://www.thefranchisemagazine.net/franch...-franchise/3271

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source...338.96,,0,10.62

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A couple of undated shots on Picture Sheffield. The car in one of them might give a clue as to the date.

The Offices

The Factory

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Back around 1963 - 1965 I used to work for Marsdens in Clumber Park.  They used to take a van full (7 or 8 I think) of us lads down to Clumber on Sunday mornings from Easter to August Bank Holiday.  When we got there we were fed then shipped out to individual little wooden kiosks around the park.  Each of us were given (if I remember correctly) a box of ice lollies, two blocks of ice cream (about a foot long and the size of a standard ice cream), a metal marker stamp, a sharp kitchen carving knife, ice cream wafers and a lump of cardice (dry ice; solid carbon dioxide).  We also got some water and a dishcloth for cleaning the knife and stamp.  Each kiosk had a large cool box into which went the cardice, ice cream and lollies.  The idea was that the stamp marked 8 or 10 portions (can't remember now) and these were cut off the block when required.  On a warm day, the van came round on a regular basis and replenished stocks but I well remember, especially when Easter was early, sitting there all day as it chucked it down with rain and you were lucky to see anybody drive by never mind stop off to buy an ice cream.  At about half past four we were all picked up, sales versus income was checked and we were all bundled into the back of the van for the ride back to Sheffield.  Would love to see any pictures of those little cabins in Clumber if anyone has some.      

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