48 Gower's Walk

1924 factory building (formerly 47-8) converted to flats 1997

Gower's Walk soap factory
Contributed by eric on Oct. 26, 2016

I lived at no. 49 Gower’s Walk in the early 1950s and no. 48 was a soap factory at that time. According to Trade Directories, it was owned by the Albion Soap Company. I remember the name now. Dirty windows, impossible to see in. Later it was used by a firm of meat importers and meat distributers (think it must have been small for that). When it was a soap factory it triple-milled laundry soap and the smell was awful. There were no other habitations at that time, and my bedroom window looked out front to see the immense Tilbury warehouse as far as one could see in any direction. My father worked for Faircloughs the meat hauliers who had a yard between Gower’s Walk and Back Church Lane, approximately where there is now a tennis court.