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Henry Tate’s Thames Refinery opened its doors in 1878, by the docks in East London, well placed for the supply of raw sugar.
Work at the factory was all done by gas lighting, supplied by steam boilers. The electric motor did not appear in Thames until 1905.
The refinery in 1894 employed around 2,000 people and occupied 36,000 sqm.
A Thames Refinery employee, Hamilton, was known for being always cheerful.
Sugar was moved within the refinery by horse-drawn carts up until 1954.
Looked upon as a good employer, Thames attracted several generations of families. Pictured here, is Miss Morgan.
The refinery celebrating the nearby King George V dock opening in July 1921. That same year, Tate and Lyle merged businesses.
Before the 1930s, sugar was weighed by the grocer for each customer.
Before the 1930s, sugar was weighed by the grocer for each customer. Tate & Lyle Sugars started printing their logo on paper packets. The creation of a recognizable brand was a major innovation.