126 Regent’s Park Road : “Railway Milk”

Women’s Clothes 2013


  • DAIRY James Newman 1875
126 Regents Park Road

Formula, 1972

In 1865 there were 40,000 cows in London, but the encroachment of housing into the countryside forced cow-keepers ever farther outwards. By the late 1870s cows had mainly gone from central London, though some were still kept in sheds.

Dairy farmers started selling to dealers, and milkmaids with yokes and pails began to disappear from the streets. Dealers organised wheeled delivery, selling milk out of churns carried on horse-drawn floats or on low-wheeled carts, pulled or pushed by roundsmen.

The livelihood of dairy farmers near London was threatened by ‘railway milk’, brought in by train from the home counties after about 1838.

Because there was no refrigeration, this milk often deteriorated and was used mainly for cooking. Besides, a ‘germ theory’ of disease was gradually developing, and the authorities were becoming particular about what was later to be called  ‘quality control’.

  • DAIRY Michael Beahan      1880-95
  •  ”        James Richards Ltd 1900-30

(1870-94: Friedrich Engels was living nearby at no.122)

  • DAIRY  United Dairies Ltd 1930-65
126 Regent's Park Road

Hobbs, 1983

Dairy produce such as butter and milk were rationed in World War II.

  • HAIRDRESSER Novello  1970
  • WOMEN’S CLOTHES  Formula        1972-82
  • GLASS MERCHANTS Camden Glass Co. 1985-90
  • WOMEN’S CLOTHES Hobbs 1983
  • ANTIQUES Catherine O’Connor 1995(?)
  • WOMEN’S CLOTHES Anna 1996-present