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A scaffolding collapse from 1975
Unidentified location.


Can anyone explain this wonderful medallion please!!!!!
I aquired it last year.
(approx 50mm in diameter)


Mac Markets distribution depot at Derby

This office block, warehouse and 84,000 square feet cold store along with 6.5 acres of concrete roadways was all completed in just 68 weeks.

This centre, and others like it, that Mac Fisheries built during the late sixties and throughout the 70s, were designed to supply a chain of Mac Market and Mac Fisheries shops. See the following 9 photos.

***Can anyone identify the location of this Food Centre ***


A photograph of a Mac Fisheries Presentation held in the Reigate branch around 1977

If you click on the photo you will be zoomed in to the detail and I am hoping that staff photographed in this shot will be identified.

Photo displayed with kind permission of the www.goodnessgracious.co.uk web-site


The following 2 photographs have been supplied to me from a Mr Robert Milligan from Derby. Both photos are of Mac Fisheries shops and Rob thinks that photo 1 is of the Weymouth branch and photo 2 is of the Bridgewater/Barnstable branch.

Both photographs portray Robs grandfather Richard Henry Milligan, (left in pic 1, right in pic 2) Richard was born in 1893 and took role of store manager at the Weymouth branch but also worked in the Barnstable branch at some point. Richard developed stomach ulcers in 1936 and after being laid off by Macs he died, with Robs father being just 17.

Both photos are high res and by clicking on the pics you can really zoom into the detail.

Picture 1 is a typical open fronted shop and has at least 10 Macs logos on display and a strange glass bowl with a written notice and what looks like a dancing girl on top……. Any explainations appreicated.

Picture 2 appears to be a fronted shop behind all that game. Note the Macs delivery bicycle on the left.

One of Richards jobs was to draw up the special offer boards, you will notice in both photos that the boards have been chalked up in his unique style of writing

I suspect that both of these wonderful photos were taken no later than 1930.

Thank you for supplying and allowing me to use these photographs Rob.


Whilst filming the classic TV sitcom Steptoe and Son on the 3rd Dec 1973, these following two pictures show London’s Acton High Street branch of Mac Market in the background.

The first shot showing Harry H. Corbett is rather sad as he pose’es between the Woolworths and Mac Market hanging wall logos. Sadly all three of these famous household names have now gone.

R.I.P. Harry

Steptoe and Son has always been a favorite TV show of mine, I was also inspired last year (2009) to create another web-site aimed at this fantastic comedy show. To have a peep click on the following link.



A rare interior photograph of the Fish & Poultry counters at the

Mac Fisheries shop in Hounslow, Middlesex. 1962/63

Supplied to me from a USA ebay seller, (free of charge)

see: http://myworld.ebay.com/disco-records

Many thanks Sean


Another photo of a shop interior, this one is the opening of the Mac Fisheries shop in
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. Showing the manager and a guest at the food display cabinet. 1961

Image produced from the Windows on Warwickshire service with permission of Landmark Information Group Ltd.


This great scan has been sent to me from Robert Whale (jnr), this is the front of the Mac Fisheries Training Centre where Roberts father Robert (Jim) Whale (senior) attended in 1950. This pic is of the postcard he sent home during training.

Can anyone supply the address of this building.???

Address of this Centre has been identified,
CLICK HERE to open its own page.

Robert has also sent me the following two pictures (both in high res) showing Jim with his colleagues at the above training centre.

Questions arising from these great pics are:

1. Are the numbered badges being worn just for identification?

2. Note the small Y shaped badges some of the seniors appear to be wearing, What was their significance?



Blimey!!!! This is a crossword that was printed in one of the Mac Matters house mags aimed to entertain during their coffee breaks. It must have been compiled by one of Macs public schooled brass management that had a sense of humour.

I can only get a couple of answers. Add some answers to the guest page, if you can!!!


A radio advert from a 1967 Radio London broadcast.

Click on the link below to view fantastic 360 degree images of the Wimbourne Model Village with a good view of a Mac Fisheries shop.


How the famous ‘Mac Fisheries’ name evolved

Lord Leverhulme considered several names,among them ‘Silent Deep’, ‘Lipsco’ (Lewis Island Preserved Specialities Company), ‘Silvacale’, ‘Wavecrest’, ‘Deepcast’, ‘Snack’, ‘Shoal’, and ‘Siren’.
The basis ‘Mac’ for a name was then suggested to him, and he at first considered prefixing each type of fish with this, as ‘Mac Herring’, ‘Mac Cod’, Mac Lobster’.Fortunately, Leverhulme did not take this absurd idea any further, but instead used the typically Scots element for the shops
alone. Thus after a short period as ‘The Island Fisheries’, ‘Mac Fisheries’ was incorporated in 1919 with its head-quarters in London. A small but important point is that the two parts of the name are separated as two words(i.e. are not written as ‘MacFisheries’). For this reason the name preceded all Scottish surnames starting with ‘Mac-‘ in the London telephone directory.
A further development of the name was Mac Markets, retail shops were becoming commercially unviable and Unilever began to close them.

Interior view showing filleting staff working at Woodger Ltd. Note the stack of Mac Fisheries boxes on the right of the photo.


From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 23rd August 1957:

MUSEUM WANTS ITS HEAD 3¼ cwt. Sturgeon

Biggest at Milford for 30 years

The biggest royal sturgeon landed at Milford Haven for 30 years – a 3¼ cwts. fish, was brought in on Saturday by the drifter-trawler Hosanna (Mr. R. P. Lewis) in charge of Skipper Noel Bray, Stratford Road.

The sturgeon, a magnificent nine feet long, four feet girth, 26 stones specimen, was bought by Mac Fisheries, Ltd., for £73 – a record price for a sturgeon at Milford.

Mac Fisheries, Ltd., offered it to H.M. the Queen but it was declined with thanks.

On Monday the sturgeon attracted huge crowds to the Mac Fisheries branch in Kensington, where it was put on display. Later the fish was sold whole to a Kensington hotel.

The head will go to the British Museum, where it will be exhibited as one of the biggest sturgeons ever caught in British waters.

The Hosanna’s sturgeon was caught during a seven day fishing trip near the Helwick lightship off the Gower coast, Skipper Bray told the “Guardian”. “I believe it is the biggest landed at Milford Haven since Skipper Wilf Perrett brought in one about the same size in the trawler Solan about thirty years ago,” he added.

Lower Market, Exeter, Devon

This photograph shows the damage that the Luftwuffe caused to this Devon based branch of Mac Fisheries during 1944 WW2 exeter bombing

This photograph was taken in Aberdeen fish market in 1961 of a fish buyer for Mac Fisheries in Poynernook Road, Aberdeen. It shows him phoning into his office with the aid of Martin Milne (a trainee for Mac Fisheries) who carries
a huge box strapped to his front with a stick ariel several feet long towering above his head. I’m sure he would have been amazed to see how small “mobile” phones have become!


A Radio London script from the 1960s
Live-read script from Lintas advertising agency for Macfisheries poultry.

As the name indicates, MacFisheries was established in Scotland around the turn of the 20th century and the advert reveals that, by the 1960s, the shops were selling more than just fish. MacFisheries was a high street chain of retailers and in the days before supermarkets, most UK towns had a Mac store selling meat, eggs, fish and vegetables. As supermarkets increasingly took hold of the public purse, the MacFisheries type of retailer could not compete and the number of shops declined. The brand name is currently owned by Young’s Seafoods.


Rear preparation area of Mac Fisheries Wakefield Shop, front counter can been seen on the left.

wakefield 1951