Former Salter site is levelled

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An historic factory building in West Bromwich which was owned by the company that started the Baggies is being demolished to make way for a regeneration project.

The Salter's factory north building was built in 1936 and was George Salter and Co's second factory in the town.

The bulldozers have now moved in to demolish the north building to make way for the £20 million Eastern Gateway project.

George Salter and Co grew to be a world famous firm and produced the first bathroom scales in Britain. It was established in a Bilston cottage in 1760, and 30 years later a factory was opened on West Bromwich High Street.

At its height it employed more than 1,000 people in the town and in the 1930s the firm expanded and built their north building on the other side of the High Street. This new five storey factory was the highest building in West Bromwich.

One of the firm's lasting legacies was that its workforce started up West Brom-wich Albion. It was the Salter Cricket Club who formed a football team call-ed West Bromwich Stroll-ers, which later became West Bromwich Albion FC.

Black Country Historian Terry Price said: "The north building itself is actually of no architectural merit. It would probably cost too much to renovate."

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