Buttercup Dairy Company - 183–185 Station Road, Cardenden

by Bill Scott
(Alnwick Northumberland)

I am nearly finished a book on the Buttercup Dairy Company and am trying to find out a bit more about the shop, which used to be at 183-185 Station Road. As I understand it, the old Buttercup mural is still there in what is now the post office.

The Buttercup was founded in 1904 by Andrew Ewing who previously had a shop under his own name in nearby Kirkcaldy. At its peak in the late 1920's the Buttercup had 250 shops in Scotland and the north of England. The Cardenden shop was probably one of the first.

Does anybody know anything about or possibly someone who worked there?

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Apr 01, 2013
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Buttercup Dalkeith
by: Bill Scott

The Buttercup in Dalkeith used to be located at 23 High Street, and when the company was at its peak in 1930, it was one of 250 branches. This map shows Buttercup branches in 1940.

http://www.buttercupdairycompany.co.uk/buttercup-shop-map-1940.html

The Buttercup was founded in Fife in 1904 and the first branch was opened at 136 Commercial Street,Kirkcaldy.

Apr 01, 2013
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Dalkeith's Buttercup shop
by: Maureen McR.

There used to be a Buttercup Dairy shop on the High Street in Dalkeith (Midlothian) when I was young. It was always so clean and had a special smell of butter as you got in the door. My mother used to buy her eggs there. I think it was a round the fifties that the face of Dalkeith's orginal High Street began to change.

Oct 09, 2011
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Buckhaven Buttercup Dairy
by: Shona

I currently occupy a shop in Buckhaven, Fife, that used to be a Buttercup Dairy shop. It still has the original tiles, stained glass and mirror at the side of the window.

Sep 02, 2011
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Scotsman Article
by: Bill Scott

This is the link to a Scotsman feature article on my book.

http://living.scotsman.com/features/The-remarkable-story-of-Andrew.6827407.jp

Sep 02, 2011
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Buttercup Dairy Company - 183–185 Station Road, Cardenden
by: Bill Scott

For more information, see this Scotsman feature article

http://living.scotsman.com/features/The-remarkable-story-of-Andrew.6827407.jp




Jul 16, 2011
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Book Publication This Month
by: Bill Scott

Thanks for the information on the Buttercup shop in Prestwick. This used to run by Andrew Ewing's niece, Ella.

There are still fourteen shops in Scotland where the mural can be seen and at least three (and probably more) where it has been boarded over. These can be seen on my map of buttercup shops http://www.buttercupdairycompany.co.uk/gallery/buttercup-map-1940

Sorry I didn't respond to the offer of a photo of a Buttercup crock. I have only just seen the comment.

My book 'The Buttercup - The Remarkable Story of Andrew Ewing and the Buttercup Dairy Company' will be published in two weeks time. Further details can be found at http://www.buttercupdairycompany.co.uk/home

Jul 16, 2011
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Buttercup
by: Anonymous

There is a former buttercup shop in Prestwick and a full tiled 'Buttercup' facade is still hidden there behind plywood to the left hand side of the door.

[email protected]


Feb 06, 2011
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Butter serving pot.
by: Tom McKenzie

I have a 7lb butter serving pot made by Buchan's of Portobello, Edinburgh with The Buttercup Diary Company's logo on the front.

If you would like a photo of it email me at [email protected]

Kind Rgards.

Tom McKenzie.

Dec 27, 2010
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Buttercup Dairy Company 183 - 185 Station Road, Cardenden
by: Bill Scott

My book, "The Buttercup" will be published in March. For more information on thr compan and Andrew Ewing see http://www.leghornbooks.co.uk/

Sep 03, 2010
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Buttercup
by: Bill Scott

Thanks Bryan. I knew about the Selkirk shop but not its history. It is interesting thst it was one of the later Buttercup shops. Andrew Ewing, who founded the Buttercup had a shop in his own name in Kirkcaldy in 1900. He founded the Buttercup in 1904 and I am pretty certain the Cardenden shop was one of the first to open and may indeed have been the first. He moved to Edinburgh in 1905 but there is no record of any Edinburgh shops until 1908.

Somebody told me that Andrew lived in Lochgelly in the early 1900's but I could only find him in Kirkcaldy.

Bill

Sep 02, 2010
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Tiles
by: Bryan Hoggan

HI

I'm sure you are aware that there is a great example of tiles in the town of Selkirk. William Less, Tailor, bought the shop in 1904 and the Buttercup Dairy took over in 1919 before David Weir took it for cosmetics afterwards. It is now used for storage by Waters the Butchers.

Regards

Bryan

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