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Unidentified man with boxes of Wentworth Wholemeal Biscuits, Wentworth, South Yorkshire, c 1930s ?
From collection of F H Brindley
Brindley, F H (Photographic Journalist, 973 Abbeydale Road)
c 1930s ?
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The significance of this view is unclear but the boxes and packets contain Wentworth Wholemeal Biscuits, a 'Thin Digestive' or 'Thin Wholemeal' made using stoneground wholemeal flour by 'E.F.W. Mills, Wentworth, Rotherham.' The large mansion illustrated on the packaging is Wentworth Woodhouse, said to be 'the largest private house in the United Kingdom' and seat of the Earls Fitzwilliam.
Logically, the E.F.W. Mills at Wentworth is the location of this view and the gentleman may be the mill manager.
Can anyone add any information on this picture? Does 'E.F.W.' stand for 'Earl Fitzwilliam Wentworth'? We have traced a mention of the firm in The Tablet, a Catholic 'Weekly Newspaper and Review' for 28 February 1931. In protest against 'Russia's measures of Economic War and especially against her timber-camps' it commented:
'Having lately mentioned the laudable decision of Messrs W. H. Smith to exclude Russian timber from their building operations and Russian oats from their horses' nosebags we are now glad to name the E.F.W. Mills, Wentworth, Rotherham, as a place where one can buy both white flour and wholemeal with a guarantee that not one grain of Russian wheat is or will be admitted on the premises. The blends used consist entirely of English and Empire wheat. Knowing that some pro-Muscovite will falsely say that we are "having something" from the E.F.W. Mills for writing this Note we hereby promise to mention any other millers who may present similar guarantees and credentials.'