Andrews Dairy

In The Tamworth Herald of 25th September, 1926 we read:


A significant percentage of milking cows suffer from some kind of tuberculosis, which is not found until they are killed, said Mr. Frank Chambers, veterinary surgeon, giving evidence in a case at Wednesbury, in which Phoebe Alice Andrews (35), a registered cow-keeper, of Herbert's Park Farm, Darlaston, was summoned for failing to notify the police of the infection of a certain cow with tuberculosis.

Evidence was given that the defendant purchased two cows for £20, and one of them, which was very thin, gave milk for three weeks, and this was sold to the public. The cow got worse, and the defendant called in a man from Wolverhampton, who removed it. The police were informed, and an examination followed, it being found that the animal was in a very emaciated condition, and was suffering from tuberculosis in every organ.

Mr. Chambers declared that he had seldom seen a worse case. In answer to Mr. T. P. Haslam, who defended, the veterinary surgeon said there was a grave danger of the animal affecting others, as its condition was one of open tuberculosis. It transpired that the person to whom the animal was sold dealt in such things in order to get the skins, and that the defendant would get nothing out of the deal. A fine of £71.5s.6d, including special costs, was imposed.”

Herberts Park Farm would be in the area of the old Herberts Park Colliery, and near to the fields in which the Foster family were also keeping cows. By the time of the 1938 OS Map all the open land around what had been the Herberts Park Colliery had disappeared under new housing developments or George Rose Park, so it is not surprising to find the Andrews elsewhere at that time.

1913 OS map.

1939 OS map.

Above: comparison of 1913 and 1939 Os maps . All the open fields where both the Fosters and Andrews farms were located have vanished under housing development or George Rose Park (1921 – 24). The three cottages identified as No. 10 Wolverhampton Street, and No 26 Heathfield Lane were both still there. It is possible that Herberts Park Farm was the same property as used by the Fosters, which at 68 acres would cover all the fields shown on this map.

On the 1939 census we find the Andrews family running a dairying business at No.44 Bush Street at the junction of Bell Street and Bush Street. James E. Andrews, 58, dairy farmer Phoebe Alice Andrews, 56, dairy maid Clara Alice Moreton (nee Andrews), 29, dairy maid. They were advertising the dairy in 1940 in the local directories.

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