Instant Collection Set of three (3) Carrick’s Cumberland Dairy Co. Ld. PURE THICK CREAM, FRESH DAILY, Low Row. Nr. Carlisle. Beautiful Blue Transfer Print on Creamy Colored Crock/Pot from my current inventory. Carrick’s was the #1 cream sold in the late 19th to early 20th century. No chips or cracks minor age marks. Display beautifully!
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A little History of the Carrick Dairy:
Thomas Carrick, who was to give his name to this remarkably successful venture, was born at Haltwhistle in the June quarter of 1845. His parents were Matthew (b.1815) and Jane (b.1822) Carrick, who married at Haltwhistle in the December quarter of 1844. In 1851 the family were living at Low Row, near Brampton, where Matthew was described as a ‘Bacon Factor.’ Matthew died in the September quarter of 1860, and in the census of the following year an uncle, John (b.1788), was listed as head of the family, a farmer of 500 acres and bacon curer. Thomas, now aged 15, was working as a bookkeeper.
Thomas is not recorded in the 1871 census, nor is his mother Jane, who appears to have died in the September quarter of 1864. The rest of the family were still living at Low Row with uncle John, now aged 83.
By 1881 however Thomas had come into his inheritance. He was once again living at Low Row, and was described as a ‘Merchant (Butter and Bacon)’. This is somewhat of an understatement; Thomas had learned of the trend towards the industrial-scale production of cheese, and had established a factory known as the Cumberland Dairy. It was no small enterprise; on 13 October 1882 the Newcastle Courant reported that during the previous fifteen months the Cumberland Dairy had produced 482,371 gallons of milk, 175,407 lbs of butter, and 361,779 lbs of cheese. The proximity of the dairy to the Newcastle-Carlisle railway line allowed it to supply the large markets in the growing industrial centres, Carlisle and Newcastle being the most obvious, but the Cumberland Dairy also sent produce further afield. An article in the Preston Guardian on 12 January 1884 bemoaned the fact that the high quality produce of the Cumberland Dairy could no longer be procured in the town, as it was being sent instead to Manchester where it could fetch a higher price.
As the business expanded it acquired another dairy at Aspatria which had been set up in 1889 by a Mr Stephenson, formerly the manager at Low Row.
By 1891 Thomas had moved to ‘The Nook,’ Haydon Bridge, being described in the census as ‘Managing Director of Dairy Company’. His first wife Margaret Elizabeth had died in 1887, but he remarried the following year. His new wife, Ann Mary Butterwith, was born at Liverpool in 1859, however the marriage was registered at Brampton. The company’s trade with Newcastle was evidently very important, as it opened an office at 51 Grey Street during the 1880s. Thomas was still possessed of an entrepreneurial spirit, and his next business move was into cafes or, as they were called at the time, ‘Cocoa and Coffee Rooms’.
These establishments had sprung up during the 1870s, largely sponsored by pillars of the temperance movement, and were intended to provide alternative places of refreshment to the numerous public houses. They were originally called ‘British Workmen’s Public Houses,’ and in June 1875 a limited liability company of that name was formed in Liverpool under the Chairmanship of Robert Lockhart. He later set up his own company, which became the Starbucks of its day, opening Cocoa Rooms the length and breadth of the country. In 1890 Lockhart’s was well established in the north-east, with 10 premises in Newcastle alone. As a public company its accounts were open to inspection, and the figures must have seemed attractive to Thomas Carrick, as by 1898 Carrick’s Cumberland Dairy Company itself had Cocoa Rooms at 103 Elswick Road and Imperial Buildings, Westgate Road. In 1902 it opened a cafe at 2, Gallowgate, and by 1910 ‘Cumberland’ had been dropped from the company name, and Carrick’s Dairy Co. Ltd had cafes at 51 and 68 Grey Street, 5 St Nicholas’s Buildings, 30 Collingwood Street, 105 Elswick Road, 290 Stanhope Street, 2 Gallowgate, 3 Ridley Place, Imperial Buildings, Westgate Road, 77 Manor House Road and 122 Heaton Park Road.
The catering and dairy businesses were not the only enterprises to occupy Thomas Carrick; for a period he was also Managing Director of Fenwick’s dye works at Hexham. As one would have expected from such a successful entrepreneur, Thomas also played an active part in public life. He was the first representative for the Allendale Division on Northumberland County Council, and was eventually elected Alderman. He represented the Council on the governing bodies of Armstrong College, Hexham Higher Grade School and the Shaftoe Trust School at Haydon Bridge. He also served on Hexham Rural District Council and was the first Chairman of Haydon Bridge Parish Council. For such a distinguished personage he may have found ‘The Nook’ an insufficiently dignified name for his residence, changing it to ‘The Park’ sometime during the first decade of the twentieth century.
Early in 1911 Thomas Carrick suffered a major illness. On 1 March he travelled to Torquay to convalesce, but died there on 10 March at the age of 65. His funeral took place at Haydon Bridge on Tuesday, 14 March, and was attended by a large number of influential businessmen and local politicians.
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