Christine Broom on Slaughterhouse
It was at Heytesbury in Newport, which is just above Halfords if you go up on Hunnyhill and turn left. There was a slaughterhouse there. There was also one in Scarrott’s Lane where Scarrott’s Lane Market Bakery are now, and our cattle used to go in there. Bennett and Hamilton, two gentlemen had it. Yes, they would go in there and be slaughtered, and there was, there was another pig slaughterhouse at Wroxall.
Mr Flux had that, so there was, there was you know three or four places you could go. There have been some private slaughter men on the Island.
I think there’s one still licensed now but obviously you have to be licensed.
You have to do it all properly, but he would only do perhaps some odd sheep or bullock for your own use, but if you’ve got a quantity of animals they have to go in a lorry, and there again it’s expensive to get them off the Island.
You know, lorries on the ferries today, hundreds of pounds to get them over, which the farmer has to bear the brunt of.