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Finsbury Van and Wheel Works sign

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Site ID :- GTL03766
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Address :- 188-194 Old Street, London, Greater London, EC1V 9FR
Grid Reference :- TQ 32651 82444
Grid Co-ordinates :- Easting 532651 m, Northing 182444 m
Lat & Long (WGS84) :- 51.525338 , -0.089263
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Administrative Area :- Islington London Borough Council
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Site Era :-Early Modern 1850-1950
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Visit By :- Robert Mason - 27 April 2022

Contributor :- Robert Mason - 28 April 2022
Contributors Society :- Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society
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Description and History

Above the Shell petrol station at 198-208 Old Street EC1V 9FR a sign points to the site of the 'Finsbury Van & Wheelworks', formerly located to the rear where 196 Old Street now is.

It was presumably erected by J Liversidge and Son, wheelwrights and later wagon and van builders, who occupied 196 Old Street for some decades. The firm first appears in the Old Kent Road in the 1880s; by the 1890s they had expanded into Hackney and then into Old Street. By 1921 they were back in the Old Kent Road alone, the development of motor vehicles presumably having removed much of their business.

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