The manufacture of the margarine known as ‘Le Dansk’ was perfected by a Frenchman, Auguste Pellerin, in the 1870s. His first factory was in Paris, but in the 1880s he expanded his enterprise to other northern European countries, including Germany, Norway and England. Pellerin became very wealthy and in later life was a notable art collector.
His English factory, which cost £40,000 to build, was established in Princes Street, Northam in 1891. The factory prospered and in the 20th century branched out into processed cheese production. It was employing about 200 staff by the 1930s. It closed down in 1960 and was used for a time as a motor repair works.

Le Dansk Margarine Factory

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Drawing form Buxey's Illustrated Southampton, c.1893

Further reading:
Buxey’s Illustrated Southampton, p29. (HS/a)
Descriptive Account of Southampton Illustrated, p41. (HS/a)
Work and Wealth in a Modern Port, by Percy Ford, p44. (HS/o)


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