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Former head office of Herbert & Sons scalemakers

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Site ID :- GTL03715
Key Words :- scalemakers
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Address :- 6-7 West Smithfield, London, Greater London, EC1A 9JX
Grid Reference :- TQ 31781 81662
Grid Co-ordinates :- Easting 531781 m, Northing 181662 m
Lat & Long (WGS84) :- 51.518515 , -0.102088
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Administrative Area :- City of London
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Site Era :-Early Modern 1850-1950 to Modern Post 1950
Site Dates :- 1889 -
Visit By :- Robert Mason - 12 October 2019

Contributor :- Robert Mason - 15 October 2019
Contributors Society :- Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society
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Reviewed By :- Andrew Turner - 25 November 2019

Description and History
Former workshops, showroom and offices of Herbert & Sons scalemakers. The existing building was built by Thomas Herbert in 1888-9 to replace the previous premises. Scalemaking had been carried out from 6 West Smithfield since at least 1769. The ground floor was used as a showroom, the first and second floors being offices. The basement continued to be used for the manufacture of scales and cutlery until a new factory in Angel Road, Edmonton was opened in 1938. Herbert & Sons moved out of West Smithfield in 1960, first to the Edmonton site before relocating the whole business to Haverhill, Suffolk where the firm is still based. Note the firm's Justice and Strength Trademark (a lion with its paw on a Union Jack shield bearing the words ‘Justice and Strength’, trademark number 78117) above the old main door.

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