Esoteric London

No. 423: Riding House Street, W1

Posted in Lettering by esotericlondon on October 12, 2011

Riding House Street, London, W1. Photo © Roger Dean 2011

A Looker-On in London – Mary H. Krout, 1899:

Drapers’ shops on Oxford Street were lighted from foundation to cornice, gas and electricity both being employed. The gas jets were extinguished by every puff of wind and men were required continually to relight them. There had been a long discussion in the newspapers as to the respective merits of gas and electricity prior to the Jubilee, the general verdict being in favor of gas as “less glaring;” but the trouble that it gave as compared to electricity must have made it apparent that nothing equals the soft, steady brilliancy of electricity.

[ The  T.J. Boulting and Sons factory in Riding House Street was housed in a building now listed Grade II. Built in a disciplined Art Nouveau style it is enriched with purple brick, hard red brick and two mosaic panels one of which tells us that the company was founded in 1808 but the building itself appears to have been built in 1903. R.D.]

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