Esoteric London

No. 447: Mills Court, EC2

Posted in Lettering, London Labour by esotericlondon on November 15, 2011

Mills Court, London, EC2. Photo © Roger Dean 2011

From the PastScape website:

A block of furniture showrooms, warehouses and factories dating from 1879, built on the site of earlier houses. The complex comprises of four showrooms-warehouses (Numbers 117-125 Curtain Road), two rear factories (Numbers 58 and 59), and a warehouse fronting onto Charlotte Road (57-60). After a serious fire in 1896, Numbers 117 and 119-121 were repaired/rebuilt (in 1896); Number 123 was rebuilt in 1924 and Number 125 was rebuilt in 1963. The buildings were refurbished in the late 20th century and converted into offices. The buildings were originally built for the furniture trade but in 1899 Number 117 was occupied by W A Hudson, cabinet ironmongers. By 1920 W A Hudson had occupied the whole building complex.
The Curtain Road premises are built to a unified design. The four-storey buildings are brick built and the façades have two-storey stucco pilasters. Numbers 117-121 have large shop windows and double doors whilst Numbers 123 and 125 have late 20th century replacements. The Charlotte Road buildings include a four-storey brick built warehouse that fronts Charlotte Road (Number 57-60) and two rear courtyard ranges or factories, Numbers 58 and 59. The warehouse has a relatively grand façade, the lower half of the elevation is stuccoed and the upper half brick. It has two large shop windows with doors which flank an arched carriageway. The courtyard ranges are three storeys high and their elevations have load bearing piers of stock brick. These are edged with bull-nosed bricks, alternating white and blue to the ground floor, and white above.
The earliest phase of the building complex was developed by Mr Day of Old Street from 1879. The later phases (Numbers 123 and 125) were rebuilt by W A Hudson, wholesale ironmongers, who used the whole group as its headquarters for much of the 20th century. The buildings were used by a number of important firms associated with the furniture trade.

[ The information on PastScape is derived from the National Monuments Record database which holds records on the architectural and archaeological heritage of England. The National Monuments Record is the public archive of English Heritage. You can visit the website by clicking here. R.D.]

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