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A1 & Dollis Dairies
"Know Your Finchley" 1958
Picture added on 29 October 2009 at 11:13
Didn't they sell out to Express dairies in the 1960's !!!!
on 26 October 2011
There was a bottling plant on Whetstone High Street, demolished, I think in the 1960s. I went round it twice on trips from St Andrew's School in Totteridge in the 1950s. It was extremely noisy; I can clearly remember the sound of the full bottles going into the crates. I imagine that it was the only thing in the area which the school felt could pass for industry!
on 18 April 2012
I've just purchased a Dollis Dairies milk churn and would like to find out the history of this Dairy. Can anyone help with this. I've managed to print the picture (above). Thank you.
on 17 August 2014
RE- PATRICIA MORLEY -- MY FAMILYWORKED FOR A1 DAIRY , WE HAVE MANY PHOTOS , CONTACT ME IF YOU NEED ANY HELP
on 26 February 2015
RE - PATRICIA MORLEY
WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOUR MILK CHURN OR WOULD YOU CONSIDER SELLING IT ??
on 19 March 2015
In my early teens in the 1960s I helped a guy called Ron Ross on 3 milk rounds around New Barnet and Hadley Wood. The yard was originally on Lytton Road, New Barnet but then moved to Barnet High Street. Always remember he had a two tone Morris Oxford. Happy days!
on 14 September 2015
HI PHILLIP, MY MUM AND MY AUNTIE WORKED AT THE A1 SHOP IN EAST BARNET ROAD ,MY DAD WAS A MILKMAN AT BATH PLACE BARNET HIGH ST, DO YOU HAVE ANY PHOTOS OF THE DAIRY??? PAUL
Added by PAUL SMITH on 18 September 2015
Hi Paul. I'm really sorry to say I don't but yes I remember the yard at Bath Place. From there I did the round that went down Camlet Way, Broadgates Avenue, Crescent East, Crescent West etc. we also used to do a round that started at Cockfosters and ended up at Beech Hill. I remember we had a fairly big milk float on those rounds - I saw a photo of one like it on here a while ago
on 19 September 2015
HI PETER , WHEN MY DAD WAS AT BARNET THE MILKMAN ON THE COCKFOSTERS ROUND WAS LES RUSSELL AND THE CAMLET WAY ROUND WAS DONE BY LIONELL CHUBB DO THESE RING ANY BELLS WITH YOU -- LATE 60s -- IF YOU WANT ANY PICTURES LET ME KNOW
Added by PAUL SMITH on 21 September 2015
The milkman I used to help was Ronnie Ross - he lived in East Barnet. We used to do the Cockfosters, Hadley Wood and New Barnet rounds when the regular roundsmen were off or on leave. We did each round in turn every 3 weeks
on 22 September 2015
As a boy I used to help the milkmen at the New Barnet depot. I remember Sid Sheppard, Bill Ford, Ron and the Manager Mr Penton. The milk was delivered by a trailer lorry every day driven by Bob who then collected the empties. A new manager took over who had a new Austin A35 in green, he was always washing it in the yard. The Ron I remember drove a black Ford Popular and parked it opposite the old stables under the wooden barn.
on 27 September 2015
Hi Dave , my mum worked in the shop at the front of New Barnet depot, the Co-op had 2 shops next door. I remember Sid Sheppard and Mr Penton. My mum still lives near the shop and the old barns are still there, I have many pictures of the A1 if you would like to see any let me know. Paul
Anonymous comment added on 23 October 2015
Hi Paul, would love to see any photos, It was one of the happiest times of my life and I can still remember many details with great accuracy. I used to go into the shop, there was a corridoor between the cold room and the office that led past the store room into the shop. I remember one of the ladies in the office had to sit on a pile of telephone directories to work at her desk. I seem to remember one of the ladies who worked the till in the shop was called Mrs Marsh, and there was a younger blonde lady who used to fill the shelves. Sid Sheppard sometimes used to give her a lift home, I think to Margret Road. There was also a tall dark haired lady who used to give me some of the free toys that came with the cereal packets, there were battleships, guns, submarines and a cardboard disc with holes which you spun to make a noise. The staff were very kind to me.
on 26 October 2015
Hi Dave, if you can send me your e-mail address I will send pictures to you. Mine is firstname.lastname@example.org. Will let my mum know about your visits to shop. She will remember names.
on 29 October 2015
My father's parents lived in Grosvenor Avenue, Barnet and grandad worked for A1 and Dollis Dairies. I remember him having a horse drawn milk float. Was probably late 50's or early 60's. His name was Tom Frost. My husband bought me a milk churn a few years ago with the dairy name on but I have no photos so would love to have more info of any sort.
Gail Delahaye nee Frost
on 21 August 2016
My family lived in St Margarets Ave and our house backed on to the field where the horses from the dairy were kept. I can remember them galloping down the field after a days work
Added by Josephine Scr on 28 August 2016
I worked at Express Dairies from August 83 till Feb 93. Les RUSSELL was still there then and re- LIONEL CHUBB I know him from a kid as my father was also a milkman at Whetstone too. I started there as a yard boy and my first round was also in Cockfosters before I moved to the West End with Lord Raleys And now I'm back in Whetstone as an independent bottle buyer. I'd love to see any photos going back between them years. I'll leave my email see what results come up. Dougie Charles
on 25 November 2016
RE - DOUGIE CHARLES AND GAIL DELAHAYE , SEND ME YOUR E-MAIL DETAILS AND I WILL SEND PICTURES
on 09 April 2017
Does anyone have any photos of the old Express Dairy that is behind 853-855 High Road Finchley N12
I currently work in this building, it is a warehouse and offices
on 27 April 2018
Hi , IS THAT THE DAIRY THAT WAS IN FREDERICKS PLACE ?? IF SO IT WAS UNITED DAIRIES AND THEN UNIGATE
on 29 April 2018
Oh there’s no name we just drive into the yard my director said it’s old Express Dairies. He has Deeds so can check. It’s right opposite the Sainsbury’s in north Finchley?
on 30 April 2018
Hi again, looked at a map and no,we are further south behind Avenue Road but entry from High Road
on 30 April 2018
The dairy opposite Sainsburys was United Dairies and Unigate, don't remember it being Express, but I might be wrong, there was a dairy where Sainsbury is now and that was co-op
on 02 May 2018
Does anyone have any pics or info on the A1Dairies yard London Conley? My Dad ,Cyril Head worked as a milkman from mid 50's to 60,s. Electric hand pulled cart then to a milk float. I remember the "round" taking in Murphies Cafe, Kings Road etc.
on 26 May 2018
I have pictures of A1 Dairy pram and some of unknown depots if any good to you
on 28 May 2018
Hi again Peter Head, not sure what year this would be but my dad's manager was Ken Head, any relation?
on 28 May 2018
Paul, if you could upload the A1 pictures on to this website we can all share them. Many thanks
on 29 May 2018
Paul . Thanks SO much for coming back. I'll check with my 95 year old mum today for the London Colney manager's name.
Dad's round was St Ann's Rd, Shenley Rd, Napsbury Hospital etc. Sadly Ken Head no relation though. I'll do more research on the former site.
on 29 May 2018
My Dad used to take us to Whetstone (or was it Barnet?) for the annual A1 Dairies kiddies party before Express took over.
on 29 May 2018
Have found an old bottle of A1 Dollis Dairies in my house when dug up.
on 04 June 2019
Have spotted an:- A1 Dollis, Whetstone Milk Churn, dated 1959 on EBay, ref. 312794892837 - might be of interest
on 07 October 2019
As a lad In the mid 50’s I used to go with my dad, Joe Skinner, he drove the lorry from the bottling plant to the dairy. My Auntie and Cousin, Elsie and Jean used to run the staff canteen at that time. Any photos would be appreciated.
on 31 August 2020
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