Preserving Ely (book by Patrick Ashdon). Ely Jam Factory

Ely Jam Factory

Granger’s Fruit preserving Company in Ely opened in 1890. A new premises were erected in 1909 from which the company continued to trade into the early 1920s. In the 1920s it became the Ely Fruit Preserving Company. In 1940 in became St Martin’s (Eastern) Ltd where marmalade and jam were produced.  The sweet sticky smell was very strong, especially along the narrow lane at the side of the factory.

In the spring of 1959, the 120 employees were given notice and the premises became  a canning and jelly-making works until 1964 when it closed.

Dorman Sprayers took over the building in 1964, followed by Eastern Counties Printers.

The building was finally demolished in 1986 to make way for housing. St Martin’s Walk.

In 2015 local author Patrick Ashdon wrote a book about the factory called Preserving Ely.

We have received the following email from a chap whose father worked at the factory and who would like to contact Patrick:

Name: Brian Lythell
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Subject: Preserving Ely (book by Patrick Ashdon). Ely Jam Factory

Message: I was brought up in Ely during the 1950’s and my Dad (Charles Lythell) worked as a manger in the offices at the Jam Factory.

I have carefully kept several inherited artifacts relating to the Jam Factory and I would very much like to contact Patrick to discuss my mementos from those days and to find out if any of them would be of any interest to him.

It will be great to hear from you and maybe even to meet Patrick. I now live in London and can easily pop up to Ely for a meeting.

I look forward to hearing form you.


Brian (Brian Lythell)

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