Sunday, 4 May 2008
The Dreamland site is on the site of the old tivoli brooks to the back of the Dreamland site is the old Barretts factory in Eaton Road. Across the back of the old Barretts factory site is the railway line which is raised land (1845). The Barretts mineral water factory was built on raised land beside the railway at Eaton Road and this raised land was extended seaward filling into the Brooks. If you look at the Dreamland site the land raising is evident and infill was definately used. When the Barretts site was demolished in the 60's it became a garage,then a few years back the garage was demolished the whole area of the site was properly excavated to make way for flats. The area on the boundry of the Barretts factory was also dug up and some Hamiltons were found. I suspect the hamiltons were dumped when they were outdated. It is interesting to note that M.J.Harlow mineral water manufacturer ceased trading in 1924 when Barretts took over the business in Addiscombe Road. Would Barretts have continued using MJ Harlow bottles for MJ Harlow contracts or were they dumped ? If they were dumped I couldn't think of a better place.