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Offley Works is an important part of Lambeth’s industrial heritage as it was the main factory for JA Sharwood & Co Ltd - a business that thrived locally and continued to thrive first with Rank Hovis McDougall and then Premier Foods.  It remains a well known and loved brand to this day. It can be said that the term ‘chutney’ was introduced to the country by products from this site.

James Allen Sharwood

Offley Works is a group of buildings between Clapham Road and Offley Road on a previously undeveloped site of approximately one acre. Most of the buildings date from about 1899 when they were purpose built for James Allen Sharwood founder of JA Shawood & Co Ltd - manufacturers, importers and exporters of food products.
Old curry powder label

Bombing in the war

Bombing during the war destroyed the Offley Road section of houses that were replaced by a 1950’s small office building.

Rank Hovis McDougall

The business, Sharwoods, was acquired by Rank Hovis McDougall in 1963 and the buildings auctioned off in 1964. The buildings were then used as a print works for some years.  

Furniture Aid South Thames

In later years, Offley Works became home to various businesses and community groups including Furniture Aid South Thames (FAST) a theatrical costumier and various community groups.

London Development Agency

In 2004, the London Borough of Lambeth sold the site to the London Development Agency (LDA).  A limited design competition was won by 6a architects who were “selected for their sensitive approach to the re-use of existing buildings”.
Derelict factory

Matching Green

In April 2011 Matching Green, a company owned by James Allen, was appointed developer of Offley Works.
Rennovated front entrance

Pickle Mews

Offley works today comprises of mixed commercial and residential spaces. ‘Block F’, the only standalone building on site, was converted to seven residential mews houses during 2015.
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Offley Works Today

Commercial space in the remaining buildings was brought into use during 2016. Offley Works now is home to multiple companies, a canteen, studio and auditorium.
Information thanks to The Oval Partnership

1 Pickle Mews, London, SW9 0FJ
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