K.B. WILLIAMS AND SONS, MALLOW
The following is an extract from an article by the late Jim. Copps
Historical Walk Through Mallow" (Mallow Field Club
Journal No.1, 1983):
The premises of Messrs. f.A, Barry Ltd. (Cash &Carry) was one time
an orchard, with a building where dances and concerts were held.
Later a tannery was established by the Haines family on this site.
When the tannery closed the business was taken over by the Williams
family, who founded a grist mill in place of the tannery. The milling
business was continued for three generations of the Williams family
until it closed in
At the entrance to the mill from the main
street was a pawn shop and dye works, both owned by Messrs.
Williams, which both ceased to operate early in this century.. Two
doors up from the archway which leads to Barry's premises was
Wallace's bakery, formerly Reilly's bakery.
From the foregoing unfolds a picture of what was once an
important industry in the commercial life of Mallow during part of
the last and first half of the present centuries, namely
Sons. The progression from an orchard to
recreational centre, to
a tannery, and finally a corn mill is an interesting image of that part
of the town, namely Lower Davis Street and Tuckey's Hill, backing
on to the Town Park.
tannery was an important industry in every
commercial centre, as leather was vital in the making of harness for
horses, as well as being a necessary ingredient in the making of boots
and shoes. The hamessmakers and shoemakers were part of life in
almost every village and town. There were 17 boot and shoe makers
in Mallow in 1824, as well as
leather shops and 4 hamessmakers.
The arrival of the "plastic age" made these mini-industries slowly
and surely, but sadly, obsolete.
The pawn shop, too, disappeared, but its existance was also vital
to everyday life. The overcoat or the suit, or indeed many a
household item , was pawned on Monday , and redeemed again at
the week-end , when the wages became available. The dye works also
disappeared, as modem technology took over. However, the corn
mill still remained well into the present century, and happily we have
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