The Journey

  • S in Ringtons

    S in Ringtons

    The imposing white brick Ringtons building on Algernon Road bears the date ‘1924’, indicating that the famous tea company has Heaton connections going back at least 90 years. Ringtons staff outside the company’s Algernon Road HQ, 1932 In fact the story starts much earlier than that. Samuel Smith was born on 22 June 1872 in Leeds and christened on 22 December of that year along with his older brother, George. His parents were both local. William, his father, earned his living as a fettler, someone who cleaned the machinery in a woollen mill. According to Sam’s great granddaughter, Fiona Harrison,...

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