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Title: RANKS FLOUR MILL - BELFAST
Post by: adrienne1 on December 08, 2006, 05:34:02 PM
Could anyone tell me whether Ranks Flour Mill is still in existence.  I believe my father James McCormick/McCormack may have worked there in the late 30s to early 40s.

Many thanks

Adrienne
Title: Re: RANKS FLOUR MILL - BELFAST
Post by: chevron on January 14, 2007, 06:23:57 PM
Hi Adrienne, I do not know if Ranks is still in Belfast, but
their web page is [email protected]       or type in your address bar rank hovis and a lot of their pages will come up, you may have to write to London to find if they still keep records. I did some research a few years ago if I find my old note I will see what I have and post them later.
Bert
Title: Re: RANKS FLOUR MILL - BELFAST
Post by: giannineo on January 14, 2007, 06:51:22 PM
Was there a Ranks Mill near King Street?I remember my late brother in law did contractual work as an electrician in a Ranks Mill.A hopper of floue emptied itself on him and his mate.Not a great experience  and a difficult job he had there.But he always quipped that the dough was good.
Title: Re: RANKS FLOUR MILL - BELFAST
Post by: adrienne1 on January 14, 2007, 11:15:22 PM
Many thanks to you both.

Adrienne
Title: Re: RANKS FLOUR MILL - BELFAST
Post by: rjl on January 27, 2007, 01:01:36 AM
ranks flour mill was in the docks area around victoria street
Title: Re: RANKS FLOUR MILL - BELFAST
Post by: Christopher on January 27, 2007, 03:01:16 AM
The 1960 Directory lists ...

J. Rank, Ltd., Pacific Flour Mills, 5, Northern Road off Duncrue Street. Pollock Basin, the Harbour sheds and the Berthing Masters Office were next to the Mills. There was an I. T. L Cafe not too far away. Giannineo, you are thinking of James Neill, Ltd., flour mills, 1, College Place North.

Title: Re: RANKS FLOUR MILL - BELFAST
Post by: grendelkiller on August 22, 2007, 02:31:53 PM
Ranks flour mill was demolished 4 months ago.  Built in 1934 it was situated in Clarendon docks.  It was a grain silo which supplied raw materials to such as wheat barley maize and milling wheats to companies such as John Thompson york street and James Neill as mentioned.  if you want a photograph e mail me at

[email protected]

Title: Re: RANKS FLOUR MILL - BELFAST
Post by: grendelkiller on August 22, 2007, 02:35:21 PM
Duncre road is also correct.  When i mention Clarendon dock i mean the body of water where the ships were discharged...also known as pollock dock   ;D
Title: Re: RANKS FLOUR MILL - BELFAST
Post by: adrienne1 on August 22, 2007, 04:56:46 PM
Thanks Bert,

I would be interested in any list of employees around the end or the beginning of the 1940s.

Adrienne
Title: Re: RANKS FLOUR MILL - BELFAST
Post by: EllCee on August 22, 2007, 08:30:21 PM
"There was an I. T. L Cafe not too far away"

Great breakfasts, packed with cholesterol  . but soooooooo tasty at 7.30am on a cold morning.

Title: Re: RANKS FLOUR MILL - BELFAST
Post by: grendelkiller on August 22, 2007, 08:36:50 PM
thats a difficult one adrienne1 i could probably get you a list from recent years....many of the men who worked there were there for over 20 years.  but i do not know how this would help unless it is possible that firstly they overlap in working years with the older workers and secondly actually contacting these men.
Title: Re: RANKS FLOUR MILL - BELFAST
Post by: chevron on August 22, 2007, 10:50:05 PM
Hi Adrienne.You might try the following<><> RHM Pensions Association.
Northern Ireland Region<> Regional Co-ordinator-James H McEihinney
1 Woodlawn ,Antrim BT41 1QH  Tel. No.028946 2433. I wrote to this chap 2004 to try and trace an old friend who worked with me at Hughes Dicksons on Divis St. part of Rank Org. unfortunately Joe did not receive a pension so there was no record of him. I do not know if James is still at that address but if your Dad received a pension or someone might have known him he will inform you. Good Luck
PS I have been trying to find old information on Hughes Dickens 1925, there was a web page about them but it seems to be pulled, any idea's I worked there also my Dad and G.Uncle James was the Manager,after he retired the mill was closed abt 1962
Bert
Title: Re: RANKS FLOUR MILL - BELFAST
Post by: adrienne1 on September 29, 2007, 07:30:48 AM
Thank you Chevron, its worth a try.

Adrienne
Title: Re: RANKS FLOUR MILL - BELFAST
Post by: Thomas Leary on November 25, 2007, 11:48:46 PM
I live in Australia BUT I worked at Ranks in the period June 1954 to 30th November, 1964.

I am trying to compile information about my early life for my family. I remember Hughes, Dickson Mill also the Cafe that was mentioned (I occasionally went there to get something to eat. As far as I know the Pacific Flour Mills closed a long time ago BUT the Silos remained for a lot longer - BUT all now demolished. So any infromation about Joseph Rank would be useful to me.

Thomas
Title: Re: RANKS FLOUR MILL - BELFAST
Post by: chevron on November 26, 2007, 03:29:33 PM
Hi Thomas. Did you try the Rank web site I posted in one of the previous notes? As stated I worked at Hughes& dicksons  Divs Street until 1956 left to join RAF after H&D closed 1960 1961 a lot of the workers moved to Ranks at the docks. Did you know  a  Willie McClure Foreman also a guy I have been looking for named Joe Beattie? they moved to Ranks from H&D along with a lot more. If Rank's are still in operation in England I'm sure they will give you any information you require.
Please let me know if you get any information on the above.
Chevron
Title: Re: RANKS FLOUR MILL - BELFAST
Post by: Thomas Leary on November 26, 2007, 11:38:30 PM
G'day, mate (as they say in Australia).
Rank Hovis still does exist (and according to its Website it owns some Belfast bakeries) and the mill IS Demolished . I saw that on another website. That particular website shows a tanker with a cargo of molasses by the mill. That reminded me of an amusing thing that happened. Someone once had the idea of bringing in pellets for animal food which contained molasses. Good idea - but like many good ideas it worked not! The hold heated during the journey  and so we had to send down men with pickaxes to dig the "pellets" (which had fused together)  out.
I have a picture at home of Ranks' employees and I will look it out in New Year (I am working "flat out" at present). One employee (who must have been there in the 1940s) I particularly remember. His name was Alf Ambrose and he was the father of a teacher I had in Secondary School.
Will be interested in more information and i will try to remember more myself. Thomas
Title: Re: RANKS FLOUR MILL - BELFAST
Post by: adrienne1 on November 27, 2007, 07:22:31 AM
Hello there,

I would be very interested in any photos you may have of Ranks employees around the late 1930s and early 1940s as I am trying to trace any info. about my father James McCormack/McCormick/Mallard.

Many thanks.

Adrienne
Title: Re: RANKS FLOUR MILL - BELFAST
Post by: janetroy114 on April 25, 2015, 01:40:35 AM
Does anyone know the Hughes family from Hughes Dickenson & Co.? I am looking especially for the daughters. I am aware of Dorothy and Helena. I think Helena died a spinster in England. Does anyone know about Dorothy or if there were other sisters?  I am working on a case of Canadian Private Leslie James Hughes who would be their brother. Thank you.  Janet Roy Forensic Genealogy Coordinator MacKinnon & Bowes Ltd. Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Title: Re: RANKS FLOUR MILL - BELFAST
Post by: colin randell on June 21, 2017, 12:07:56 AM
Does anyone know the Hughes family from Hughes Dickenson & Co.? I am looking especially for the daughters. I am aware of Dorothy and Helena. I think Helena died a spinster in England. Does anyone know about Dorothy or if there were other sisters?  I am working on a case of Canadian Private Leslie James Hughes who would be their brother. Thank you.  Janet Roy Forensic Genealogy Coordinator MacKinnon & Bowes Ltd. Toronto, Ontario, Canada
HI janetroy this could be hard Barney Hughes came from Armagh in the 1830,s now I started to dig to see if they ever returned to Armagh   but couldn't get anything on them Sorry no help Hughes left Armagh because of a potato famine
Title: Re: RANKS FLOUR MILL - BELFAST
Post by: richard mccann on June 24, 2017, 06:16:43 AM
chevron -  I worked at Hughes and Dicksons fom 1958/61.The names I remember are mc guigan ,morgan, mayes, maguire, moutray, mc kenna, mc carthy, mc erlean,meechan,mc clune,murphy,boylan,hamilton,rooney ,hyland hughes,and hamilton. I left for Australia in Feb 61. Rmc
Title: Re: RANKS FLOUR MILL - BELFAST
Post by: JackM on July 11, 2017, 01:00:42 PM
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A photo of Ranks `Pacific Flour Mill` in Belfast. Photo was taken late 1970`s
Title: Re: RANKS FLOUR MILL - BELFAST
Post by: JackM on July 11, 2017, 01:04:57 PM
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Another view taken in 1973
Title: Re: RANKS FLOUR MILL - BELFAST
Post by: Luther Blissett on April 14, 2019, 08:34:47 PM
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