Landmark factory preserved in university campus revamp

The former Henderson's Relish building on Leavygreave Road, Sheffield, will be secured for the future.
The former Henderson's Relish building on Leavygreave Road, Sheffield, will be secured for the future.
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WITH ITS bright orange sign and emitting a familiar spicy aroma, 41 Leavygreave Road in Sheffield was the home of Henderson’s Relish for more than 50 years.

Now the former factory, which has been empty since production moved to another part of the city in 2013, will be preserved for posterity, complete with iconic signage, after the building was bought by the University of Sheffield. Although exact plans for the building are being finalised, the University has said that the building, which is in the heart of its campus, will be open to the public.

Owner Constance Freeman, centre, with manager, Kathleen Spivey and maintenance engineer Duncan Gillespie on the bottling line in 1987

Owner Constance Freeman, centre, with manager, Kathleen Spivey and maintenance engineer Duncan Gillespie on the bottling line in 1987

Remedial work will start soon, and will include removal of garages at both sides of the main house and essential work to maintain the fabric of the building.

Director of estates and facilities management at the University Keith Lilley, said: “We know how much the Hendersons’ building means to the people of Sheffield and we’re really looking forward to bringing it back into use and creating a space which will be open to the public.

“We’re delighted that Henderson’s are working with us on this and look forward to being able to make a more detailed announcement very soon. We’re also really grateful to the Church Burgesses Trust, who had owned the building for the last century, for working so hard to make the purchase as smooth and straightforward as possible.

“A big part of what we’re trying to achieve through the major public realm improvements we’re about to begin is to open up the campus to the city, creating welcoming outdoor spaces for pedestrians and cyclists alike, and the Hendersons’ building will be a really important focal point for this.”

Even the Queen has had her own bottle of Hendo's.

Even the Queen has had her own bottle of Hendo's.

Pamela Freeman, managing director of Henderson’s said: “Just over two years ago, we moved out of our much-loved long term home in Leavygreave Road which was a huge wrench, as the building was so important to us and we know it is also loved by the people of Sheffield. It will always be a huge part of the city’s cultural heritage and have a special place in our hearts.”