Sunday, 3 October 2010

Old Matchworks

Between the years of 1979 and 1994 Bryant & May made matches in Liverpool.  Apparantly it had a machine that could make upto 600,000 matches an hour, for the Swan Vesta brand.  Bryant & May gradually closed the rest of their UK factories in Glasgow and Gloucester, leaving the Liverpool Matchworks as the last match-makers in the UK.  In 1994, Bryant & May closed Liverpool production too, moving it to Sweden.

A photographic essay of the factory was made prior to its closure by Chris Mullen.

The premises survive however; converted into offices, this is a view of the rear of the building, taken at night.


  1. A very nice night shot! Great composition!

  2. That is a very lovely image.