Tickler’s Jam of Grimsby in Lincolnshire
A big name locally back in the day, a big name in the jam industry and a big name with our troops . . .
Thomas Tickler set up his preserve making business in 1878 making mainly Jam and Marmalade in what became a big business and a large employer locally.
The factory employed mainly young women who were known locally as Tickler’s Angels and they worked flat out during the time of the Boer War and World War I because Tickler’s won the contract to supply the army with jam!
That was a big order and underwrote the factory and business it also became quite a name within the military and one referred to, not always in a complimentary fashion, by the troops in ballad, verse, letters home and general badinage.
One quote from a soldier I’ve seen described it as “coming in two colours, green and red but both tasting the same”
The amount produced must have been mind-boggling and the Jam ‘Jars’ found themselves all over the world and put to all sorts of uses.
In the trenches during WWI they utensils, vases to hold flowers and even containers to make homemade bombs!
You could say Tickler’s did the lot.
The above photograph was taken outside their Grimsby factory in Hope Street and saw huge deliveries of fruit from Lincolnshire coming in by rail and road.
It continued in this fashion, though one imagines on a smaller scale, up until the 1950s still making jam and its famous Nell Gwyn Marmalade.
It was then bought out by a rival and eventually production ceased in the late 1950s. The factory was bought by the world famous Robertson’s brand but in the 1970s the whole thing was gone for good, only a memory, but what a strange legacy . . .
To think the tins shipped to the front during WWI would be used as artillery, in fact the bombs became known as Ticklers Artillery, from Grimsby to the front and from the front to the Germans . . .
Any and all information on Tickler’s Jam of Grimsby would be of great interest.
Yours, a well preserved,