Remarkably, a thousand workers called Williams and Woods home by the middle of the twentieth century. No longer were they producing merely W&W branded goods, but Crosse and Blackwell and Chef products. Toblerones, fruit pastilles, wine gums and Silvermints were all produced here, leading to a number of smells as familiar to the residents of the surrounding streets as stout is to those who live in the Liberties. One of the more unusual products from the factory was the Irish Coffee Bar - containing whiskey.
By the 1970s, there was an exodus of factories from Dublin’s inner-city. Familiar names like Jacob’s and Williams and Woods, along with Cadbury’s and more, made for new settings in places like Coolock and Tallaght. The impressive factory building - still bearing the historic name of Williams and Woods - became a creative arts centre, cafe and more with the establishment of The Chocolate Factory in 2012.
In his history of the women of Dublin's tenements, Kevin Kearns wrote about how, "needy mothers were glad to accept a job in the like of Polikoff's tailoring factory, Donnelly's Bacon, Mooney's Sack, Mitchell's Rosary Beads, Mount Brown Laundry, Lever Brothers' Soap, Afton Knitting, Carroll's Tobacco, Wilton's Confectionery, Winstanley's Shoes, Burton's Sewing, or even an ammunition factory in Parkgate Street."
While all of these names were to be found on the wage slips of Dublin’s female workers - in this part of the city, the name of Williams and Woods was most important.