Sunday, 1 March 2009

If it wasn't for the 'ouses in between.

Westminster Bridge Road as it is today . In 1943 it was very drab in comparison. The factory that was owned by A. Goldstein at 100 Westminster Bridge Road was AYGEE Ltd and was in the 1940s a large Glaziers which was built up by Arthur Goldstein who started with a large two wheeled barrow some panes of glass and window repair materials. I was one of the cockney urchins who was paid a threepenny bit to throw a stone into a basement in a a house in President Street which broke a window that  A G came round to repair at a later date.  It was ironic that my first job at the age of 14 was to be with AYGEE Ltd who had a Government contract to make iron legs for folding tasbles. My job was to rivet the sections of the legs for which I was paid £1- 10 shillings a week (£1- 50p)I was living at the time with my Aunt Sue in 16 Trafalgar Street London SE16 and to get t0 work I walked a mile to the Elephant & Castle tube station bought a two penny return ticket to Lambeth North  station on the Bakerloo line, and did the return journey 8 hours later. 

1 Comments:

At 22 December 2015 at 02:54 , Blogger Caroline Sones said...

Dear Cockney Lad

I am trying to find out more information about the firm of Aygee Ltd in relation to a report we are compiling for the National Trust at Chartwell (the former home of Sir Winston Churchill). There is a blast proof door at the entrance to an air raid shelter in the cellar marked Aygee Ltd 100 Westminster Bridge Road, SE 1. I note that you say the firm was a Glaziers but that they also had a government contract for the manufacture of iron legs for tables? Any other recollections you have of the firm and also the dates you worked for them when you were working on riveting the table legs would be most useful.

Kind regards and many thanks

Caroline Sones Caroe Architecture Ltd, Surveyor's Office, The Chapter House, St Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard, EC4M 8AD
caroline.sones@caroe.biz
0207 246 8341

 

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