The well used board at the Ovaltine Cafe.
One of my favourite pieces of old advertising is found on this house at the end of a small Georgian terrace at Hackney Road and Treadway Street in London which became the home of John Tann Ltd. in 1814. The sign was done in about 1890.
Like many Georgian houses built on what would become busy roads, this was converted to commercial use. Apart from the wonderful wall sign, there’s a fragment of painted advertisement ‘to all responsible persons’ and a clock from its former business life.
The house is under renovation and presumably the picturesque decay will be tidied up, which would be too bad.
There’s a good history of the long-lived firm here.
Donations to the Friends of 439 Powell are currently being used to support a night time neighborhood watch to guard the building from additional damage and vandalism.
The building’s structural soundess has been confirmed by three (yes three) engineering reports, so now the work can begin on repairing the damage done to this 123 year old heritage building. First up is full assessment of the building to prepare estimates for its repair and restoration.
The community support has been amazing.
And here’s how the precise location was determined… My thanks to Andy Coupland for the map work.
So we have determined that the Brunswick was on lot 14.
Looking in the background of a few photos we can see the Brunswick before its demolition butted up against the edge of the Wood Vallance Leggat building.
Looking through some Archive photos today and found a unidentified scene. And way in the background is this lovely vignette of a woman getting into a rowboat. The child is already aboard.
Here’s the Russ House Hotel – today’s Ming Sun Society building seen from across Oppenheimer Park, back then known as the Powell Street Grounds, in the 1890s showing its original form. A really big enlargement pulling the building out of the background.