This collection consists of 2 Staff Wage Ledgers 1939-1961 for the CWS Tresforest Aerated Water Factory, Wales.
Treforest Aerated Water Factory (CWS)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS) was formed in 1863 to supply goods to co-operative societies throughout the U.K. The CWS became one of the largest co-operative organisations in the UK, and changed its name in 2001 to The Co-operative Group. It began in small premises in Manchester and grew to occupy a large part of the city centre to house its offices, warehouses and salerooms. It produced the famous CWS Brand goods to co-operative societies throughout the UK and had hundreds of factories throughout the country. These included factories producing food, furniture, clothing and household products.
In mid 1939 Treforest Aerated Water Factory became the fourth CWS aerated water factory to be set up. The other three being at Middleton, Nottingham and Brislington. It was based at Treforest Estate, Glamorganshire, South Wales and produced non-alcoholic refreshments. This factory closed down in the late 1980s.
Sources: 'Co-op, the people's business' by Johnston Birchall, 'The CWS in War and Peace 1938 - 1976' by Sir William Richardson.
The collection was donated to the National Co-operative Archive by Barbara Lewandowski August 1999
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Catalogued by Hannah Howrie volunteer at the National Co-operative Archive, Feb 2010.
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Originally housed at the Aerated Water Factory, Treforest Estate, South Wales. When this factory was closed in the late 1980s the records were passed onto Tony Lewandowski, accountant at the CWS Soft Drink Factory in Middleton. The collection was donated to the National Co-operative Archive 10 Aug 1999 by Barbara Lewandowski, wife of Tony.