The Haggate, Royton.

The two photos you see here are of the Haggate, Royton perhaps in the 1930’s era and situated on Middleton Rd looking West. The Photo Restoration was one which I have done for myself as I live in Royton and very close to where this picture was taken. I only restored it up to an appropriate level because it’s so atmospheric, too much work would have spoiled what captivates you in the first place.
For those of you that know the area you are looking towards the Chadderton, Middleton border down Middleton Rd. In the distance, the last house you see on the left is now Haggate (Rd) where the local pub is, and just after the bend you would find the Haggate shops on the left.
The three boys to the left are standing on Highlands Rd, and the opposite side shows Mill Lane which is now a footpath (I doubt it was much more than that in the first place).
Just as a matter of interest, I never realised how old Fry’s Chocolate was, surprisingly Fry’s was founded back in circa 1759 by Joseph Fry, a Quaker. I always thought it was something new around the mid 1950’s and an alternative to having Cadbury’s Milk Chocolate every week. Maybe it was more expensive so my parents would have only treated me with the least cost to their pockets. Because it’s such a large part of this photo there’s a list of dates relating to Fry’s at the foot of this page.


Joseph Fry:

circa 1759 — Joseph Fry, a Quaker, starts making chocolate

  • 1761 — Joseph Fry and John Vaughan purchase the chocolate business of Walter Churchman. Company named Fry, Vaughan & Co.
  • 1777 — Chocolate works move from Newgate Street to Union Street, Bristol
  • 1787 — Joseph Fry dies. Firm is renamed Anna Fry & Son
  • 1795 — Joseph Storrs Fry assumes control. He patents a method of grinding cocoa beans using a Watt steam engine. As a result factory techniques are introduced into the cocoa business.
  • 1803 — Anna Fry dies and Joseph Storrs Fry partners with a Dr. Hunt. The business is renamed Fry & Hunt
  • 1822 — Dr. Hunt retires and Joseph Storrs Fry takes on his sons Joseph, Francis and Richard as partners: the firm is renamed J.S.Fry & Sons. The company becomes the largest commercial producer of chocolate in Britain.
  • 1835 — Joseph Storrs Fry dies and the sons take full control.