Bussey’s Cricket Bat Factory

Building Status: No Longer Exists

For many years there was an industrial site out on Ashfield Road, opposite the end of Grove Lane. The picture shows it when it was Pease Transport. It seems to have had the following history:

    Cricket bat factory (G. Bussey in 1905 directory, but not in 1925)
    Egg-packing station
    Tate and Lyle sugar depot
    Wicker/basket works
    20th century packaging
    Demolished in about 2003 to make way for [Willow Close?]

George Russell: Bat factory: This was in Ashfield Road opposite Grove Lane; the willow was bought in and cut into the rough shape of cricket bats, then sent away for finishing. The two workers who lived in the cottages were P Wretham and I Sparr. 
The works later became a joinery, an egg-packing station, Tate and Lyle depot, and is now M&G Home Care Ltd. 
In the depression one of the biggest places to close down was the Silk Works at Stowmarket, where many Elmswell people were employed; several Elmswell businesses also depended on them, one of them being Cartwright’s joinery works at the old Bat Factory. 
An Egg Packing Station was opened there when their business failed, Fred Euston drove the lorry; Olive Ainsworth was in charge of the poultry.

Ella Kinsey: Towards Elmswell [from Hill Farm] there was nothing until Grove Lane corner, where on left was a harness-maker; and on the right two cottages and Buzz’s Bat Factory.

May Fox: 20th Century packaging up Ashfield Rd was once a cricket bat factory.

Charles Nunn: Tate&Lyle had a depot, lorries carting hither and thither; Charles bought one of the houses there and called it “Sawmills”. When eventually he found the garden too big, he tried to get planning permission for a bungalow in the garden, but it was denied, on the grounds that this area was like a hamlet and should remain so.

Jean Folkard: Jeanette Philips’ father (Bill) lived in bat factory house, brother Ted next door; the small part on the south end was the office.

George Russell: several Elmswell businesses also depended on them, one of them being Cartwright’s joinery works at the old Bat Factory.