When George Reynolds Wright came to Ponders End Mills in 1867, he established a simple business principle - products which were to bear his name would be made with only the finest ingredients, using the most modern techniques. Four generations later, this principle is still being followed by the firm's current Chairman, his great, great grandson David Wright.
Ponders End Mill circa 1960's - one of the most complete groupings of historical industrial buildings still being worked in Greater London. This rare survivor is set within meadows bisected by a tributary of the River Lea, and is something of an oasis in Ponders End's industrial landscape. However, appearances can be deceptive as behind the historic facade is a large, modern food-factory - with a number of state-of-the-art facilities - which operates to standards of quality and hygiene, which satisfy the most discerning of clients.
Wright’s purchased its first steam wagon on 31st August, 1906, for a sum of £496. The steam wagon was capable of carrying heavier loads than the horse-drawn wagon. The wheels of solid iron rendered the vehicle highly dangerous when descending a gradient of wet granite setts, as the brakes were often very inefficient, allowing the rear part to override the engine, thus causing the whole vehicle to become extremely difficult to control. The wheels of solid iron rendered the vehicle highly dangerous when descending a gradient of wet granite setts, as the brakes were often very inefficient, allowing the rear part to override the engine, thus causing the whole vehicle to become extremely difficult to control.
One of eight books written by Dr. Jim Lewis on the fascinating history of the Lea Valley. Jim is currently a Consultant to Terry Farrell & Partners on the historical development of London's Lea Valley and a Workers' Educational Association (WEA) tutor teaching industrial history.
Among his published works are London's Lea Valley: Britain's Best Kept Secret (1999) and London's Lea Valley: More Secrets Revealed (2001).
From Wright's reception area here at Ponders End Mills, we proudly picture the generations throughout the years, from left to right are George Reynolds Wright 1842 - 1914, George William Wright 1871 - 1896, Walter James Wright 1875 - 1946, Leonard Wright 1876 - 1934, George William Wright 1900 - 1963 and Kenneth Reynolds Wright 1929 - 1994.