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Bacon factory memories
DIG out the brown sauce because the Weekly Memories is cooking up a treat this week as we take a look at Highbridge's old bacon factory.
Highbridge Bacon Co Ltd first opened for business way back in 1890 and the factory, off Huntspill Road, covered a large area in the south of the town.
According to local history book, Highbridge - A Market Town and Its People, the factory contained all the latest bacon curing machinery and employed an average of 140 workers from the area.
Pigs were delivered there in cattle wagons from the Devon and Cornwall area and kept overnight ready to be slaughtered the next day.
The factory was eventually sold to C & T Harris (Calne) Ltd and their green vans were a common sight as they made their deliveries across the region.
Having been slaughtered the pig carcasses would be processed and weighed before being officially graded.
The business would produce a range of products including bacon, ham, trimmed meat, pork pies, sausages, offal, liver, bath chaps, chittalings, fagot casing and sausage casing.
There was also a shop in the town which sold all the factory produce next to the George Hotel but the factory finally closed its doors in December 1963.
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