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Wrights Biscuits, South Shields (1790 - 1973)


Wright’s Biscuits was a company in South Shields, established in c.1790 initially located in Holborn producing ships biscuits.[1] Following a fire at the factory in 1898 a new factory was established on Rutland Street in Tyne Dock, with it's large chimney being a prominent feature of the local skyline. By the Second World War, Wright’s was employing approximately 300 people. As the market for ships biscuits began to decline, Wright’s began to market biscuits for the general public. Wright's Biscuit closed in 1973, though the factory reopened as "Lowe’s" producing dog biscuits.[2] This closed in 1983 and the factory was demolished.

Wright's Biscuits (also Wright's (South Shields)) were established in 1790 by L Wright & Son. In the 1930s they implemented intensive factory methods for production and became a national supplier of biscuits, cakes and groceries as well as a leading employer for Tyne and Wear.

Children's illustrator Mabel Lucie Attwell created the Wright's logo, a curly-haired boy called Mischief. The Mischief Club existed for children with members getting a collectable badge.

History

Wright's Biscuits was established in 1790 at Holborn in South Shields to produce ships' biscuits.

After a fire in 1898, completely new buildings were created at Tyne Dock.

The Second World War saw day and night production for the Army. Around 300 employees, mostly women, worked shifts around the clock.

The organization became a public company in 1936. At the first AGM, the company was described as "commenced from nothing only four years ago".

In 1962 J Lyons took control of the Wright's Cakes factory with Wright's Biscuits considering national van sales of cakes to no longer be sufficiently profitable. In the same year Wright's Biscuits bought Kemp Biscuits from Scribbans.

By 1966, due to the losses by Kemp Biscuits Ltd, the growth of Wright's Biscuits was hampered.

In 1972, United Biscuits took over Wright's Biscuits, Kemp Biscuits Ltd and Carr's Carlisle making it part of the giant Cavenham Foods group. In October 1972 the company was put into administration and the factory finally closing in 1973.

The factory was reopened in 1975 under the name of Lowe's for the production of dog biscuits. This ran until 1983 at which time the factory and the chimney (a landmark for Tyne and Wear Dock area) were demolished.

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Studio Shot of Wright's Biscuits

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Women at Work - Wright's Biscuits

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Wright's Biscuits

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General Office of Wright's Biscuits

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Production Line - Wright's Biscuits

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Artwork for Wright's Biscuits

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Wright's Biscuits Packaging

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Wright's Biscuits Production

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Wright's Biscuits Ingredients

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Mixture passing through the ovens at Wright's Biscuits

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Tyne Dock
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Tyne Dock
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Looking back at Wright’s biscuits in South Shields
- Shields Gazette 26 June 2017. "Mention of an upcoming display in South Shields certainly took the biscuit as far as online readers were concerned. For talk of Wright’s Biscuits ...

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Wright's Biscuits factory in a dozen delicious archive photos from South Shields
- Chronicle Live, 10 March 2015. ".......Adam Bell of South Shields Museum & Art Gallery said: “The biscuits were made by Wright’s Biscuits Ltd of South Shields, a firm whose origins ...

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