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Any photographs or information that comes to light connected with the various forms of transport that Mac Fisheries or Unilever used to service their many shops and distribution centres will be added to this page.


Uploaded 08 January 2014

2 Mac Fisheries truck hiding behind a Scamell Scarab.

Photographed at Murray Street Fish Docks, Grimsby.

Uploaded 08 January 2014

Unknown Van Model.

Uploaded : 07 January 2014

3 fantastic photographs of the Morris van that served the 1st shop Mac Fisheries traded from in Reigate, Surrey.

Uploaded : 07 January 2014

A 1920s photograph of the Mac Fisheries Shop and its
Morris delivery van that was operated from :

1 Castle Street, Oxford.
Traded from 1921 – 1972

Date added: 21/12 12

A new van for Mac Fisheries in 1955, described as a
Morris Commercial 5cwt – 8hp

Added 04/02/12

Lune Street, Preston May 1937

A view from Fishergate looking towards the Public Hall, whose glass canopies can just be seen above the Macfisheries van in the centre of the image. The street decorations are in place for the Coronation of King George VI. The event took place on May 12th.

See another view of Fishergate with the Macs shop on the ‘Shops’ page


A wonderful photo of a Mac Fisheries delivery van that served the Tadwoth shop in Surrey during the 1930s
This photo of a lovely looking Morris Minor van was taken in 1931 at the side of the shop with the delivery driver Stanley Nash posed at the controls.

Photo + 2 Tadworth shop pics dating from WW2 have been supplied to me by
Bill Armstrong.
Bill has also supplied lots of info about the shop and his family related ties to it. I will add these shop pics soon along with his very interesting words.

Thank you Bill


During the Morris Minor LCV production period Mac Fisheries purchased in excess of 500 vans, many of these would have suffered from rust problems as at the end of each working day the drivers would park the van up a ramp and hose out the back in a bid to remove the smell of fish. The van that operated from the Windsor shop was different from its counterparts as it carried the crest ‘By Royal Appointment‘.

Description and photo from B.Russell


Some of the first vehicles to be used by Mac Fisheries were ex-Army trucks from the
1914-1918 first world war.
A very rare photo from 1920 is this Damiler pick-up truck which was more used to carrying ammunition rather than fish. Note the solid tyres held on with metal studs to the wooden wheels.

I am unsure where this Macs building was situated.


A postcard from 1930s of Tunbridge Wells High Street in Kent with a
Morris Eight delivery van parked in the forground.


A Mac Markets 1977 Leyland Buffalo artic Reg No NPC 148R


A Mac Fisheries 1971 Leyland Boxer, Reg No DJB 801J


A Mac Markets 1977 Leyland Buffalo artic, Reg No NDP 184R


A Mac Markets 1977 Leyland Buffalo artic, Reg No NDP 184R


A Mac Markets 1977 Leyland Buffalo artic, Reg No OGM 526R


A Mac Fisheries 1978 Leyland Buffalo artic, Reg No TGM 554S


Most Mac Fisheries shops had one or two of these delivery bicyles.

I am told that many of the riders (usually the youngest) made deliveries
up to 5 miles away and often for just a 1/- order, showing Macs
dedication to its customers.

Many ex staff that I have spoken to over the past year state that they
started Mac Fisheries as a delivery boy and worked their way up, some
reaching management level.


These AFP containers were introduced in 1959 as a technical advance on the AF container.Heavily insulated they were used for frozen food transportation. These containers were originally owned by Birds Eye Foods and were repainted in the familiar MacFisheries colours

Photo supplied by Paul Bartlett

To view his amazing website, with 1000s of railway photos click on this link


A fantastic postcard photo of an ERF MacFisheries truck being loaded with the catch

of the day at the lovely Ullapool dock in Scotland

To view this high res pic in detail click on the pic below

then click on the larger pic in the new window


Two more photos of a Mac Fisheries ERF truck, this one pulling a turn-table drawbar trailer.


This wonderful photograph of these six Mac Fisheries Morris Z vans was obviously taken as a publicity picture for the company. It was supplied to me from the ‘old reigate web site’. In the background is the old Reigate swimming baths. The year is unknown but I’m guessing it is from around 1950 -52

Note the two unregistered vans (2nd & 3rd back) maybe one of these is actually my van!! SPE 901

The odd objects on the roof are a complete mystery to me. I will say that my thoughts on these vans being brand new is backed up by the square stickers on the windscreens, having driven this Morris model I know that the first thing any driver would do is peel this off as it would be right in his/her line of vision.

The fifth van back has a ‘one colour’ paint scheme and slightly different sign-writing


A very early photo from 1920 of a delivery van.

Vehicle model unknown


1930 Morris Minor Van

Note the Guildford billboard on the roof

For more details of these early Morris Minor cars and vans click on the link below.


Another 30s Morris Minor Van travelling past a circus parade at (and I’m guessing)

Bognor Regis, West Sussex by the Bognor shop roofboard on the van.


1935 Morris Twelve Four Van


Peter Clark with his early split screen Morris Minor Mac Fisheries delivery van

from the Chesterfield branch

…more on Peter and Macs to follow


A Morris Z Van with it’s driver.

It’s been suggested this guy was named Wally !!!!


Stall Street Bath in the 1960s

Mac Fisheries Morris Minor van


A photo of a Mac Fisheries van under repair in an unknown workshop.

Pictured along side two Austin 10 cars. I hate to admit that I cannot identify the van make or model, even with internet searching……… Help me out Please…’s bigger than a Z van.