Love Lane Lives

The history of sugar in Liverpool and the effects of the closure of the Tate & Lyle sugar refinery, Love Lane

The Girls & Boys from the Whitestuff

The Blue Turban Ladies of the Tate closure protests

"The remarkable thing about this project was not just sugar, an extraordinary but much taken for granted commodity but the extraordinary lives of ordinary refinery workers... This project has lots of historical curiosity value but it has wider ramifications for ongoing debates on the politics of food and globalization. It's also a vital record of the people who struggled against a major multinational to protect not just their own livelihoods but a whole community."

Ron Noon

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Here is a list of the different grades of sugar that a fully trained Pansman was expected to be able to boil at Love Lane prior to 1981,  I wonder how many are still in production?

Specials sugars in order of size, smallest to largest,boiled from best quality liquor on the H Pan (Specials Pan)..

Mineral Water Gran.
Two Gran.
The above four grades boiled by “Shocking” the pan.

Two’s Crystals.
Preserving Crystals.
Coffee Crystals.
The above three grades boiled by “Seeding”, using the next smallest grade as seed, i.e. Two Gran as seed for Two’s Crystals and so on.

The remaining six White Sugar Pans boiled First, Second and Third Gran sugar from lesser quality syrups to be blended as Granulated Sugar, and occasionally a grade known as Industrial from the lowest grade of syrup in the white sugar refinery ( No1 Refinery).

In the Yellows House up to six grades were produced, from lightest to darkest they were:-

Thirds for Melt.
Thirds for Market.
Fourths.(Light Soft Brown in the shops).
Primrose.(Dark Soft Brown in the shops).
Special Primrose.

Last, but not least, the Recovery House boiled three grades:-

First Crop.
Second Crop.
Third Crop.
The Second and Third Crop sugars were blended together as seed for the First Crop. The syrup off the Third Crop was sold off as Molasses.


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