Romsey Jam Factory

Hampshire Preserving Company

For nearly one hundred years Romsey was known around the world for its wonderful Jams. In a Tudor style building in the Hundred was the jam factory and at the time it was one of Romsey's biggest employers. The smell of warm strawberries gave the town a pleasant aroma while its children killed Queen wasps for sixpence reward. Kids used to go picking blackberries (me also) and take them to the jam factory and get a few bob for them. The Old Jam Factory, was a warren of wooden buildings behind an historical High-street building (now Aldi supermarket). It was run by Richard Hattatt who's brother David run a grocers shop in the Hundred. The factory closed in 1960. It was then used as storage for classic cars by the Jack O'Lantern garage until it was destroyed by fire in July 1964.  But the Romsey Fire Station was only just around the corner and was serviced by a fire crew with great efficiency. The listed building was seriously damaged and had to be demolished, but the wooden sheds and dozens of Rolls-Royce cars were saved. Read more HERE on Lance Hattatt's Blog

 Photos below include a few labels from their many products


Names in above photo (for search engines)


Vi Chapman, Rene Smith, Gert Noyce, Fred Johnson, Alf Philpott, Gert Taylor

Hilda Green, Elsie Pointer, Rene Roberts, George Hattatt, David Hattatt, Arthur Edwards

Jimmy Hallum, Flo Hann, Dorothy Grayer, ? Wyatt, ? Noyce, Richard (Dickie) Hattatt

Fred Philpott, Elsie Gritt, Kath Elcock, Ester Noyce, Marje Foot, ? Thomas, Ethel Rickman and Ethel Vander


Romsey Jam Factory buildings  and chimney

Aerial view c1940's


Romsey Jam Factory chimney seen from Crosfield Hall late 1940's

Jam Factory chimney seen from Crosfield swimming pool late 1940's

Romsey Jam Factory jam boiling room


Romsey Jam Factory jam bottling room


Romsey Jam Factory veyhicles

Taken in 1928 in the Romsey Jam factory yard where the Aldi supermarket now stands


Romsey Jam Factory veyhicles

Romsey Jam factory yard where the Aldi supermarket now stands


Romsey Jam Factory veyhicles

Many vehicles in the Romsey Jam factory yard where the Aldi supermarket now stands


Romsey Jam Factory in the Hundred

The Hundred Romsey, facing towards the Sceptre. Jam Factory is Tudor building on the right


Jam Factory Tudor style building after fire damage in the Hundred Romsey


Romsey Jam Factory demolition

The famous Romsey Jam Factory chimney being demolished by Tom Edwards


Romsey Jam Factory demolition

After demolition. In the background is the Red Lion pub with the

Lollipop Shop just visible on the left which  were both in the Hundred



One of many Romsey Jam's many adverts

Interesting mail (thanks to Lance Hattatt)


more interesting 1940 mail (thanks to Lance Hattatt


More mail from 1940 (many thanks to Lance Hattatt)


Classic vehicles in the ex Jam Factory grounds early 1960's
















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