Jun 19

Slideshow 1 – Goodbye to W.H.Clark

(Please click on the picture to go to the slideshow).
W H Clark originally opened as H.M.Presland & Sons in 1797. It became W H Clark in the 1890s and has traded as Daniel Lewis & Sons Ltd – The One Stop Metal Shop since 2002. The shop will be leaving Hackney Road this summer and I wanted to photograph the premises before that event.


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  1. john

    Gary.. Great Job on the photography.. Amazing!
    Great bit of History… My favorite, the pencil sharpener dressed and ready…

  2. Anonymous

    Thanks John. A lot of history there and a lot of good blokes.

  3. Dave Thompson

    Wonderful,yet another one gone.

  4. Clive

    Beautiful and sad. Lest we forget.

  5. Ward

    Where have they moved to.

    Please let me know.

  6. Gary

    Hello Brenda. I’m sorry, I don’t know where they are now. If you find out, please let me know also.

  7. John

    Just found out today that they’ve closed down. Gutted. Wanted to get some big ‘Bin’ wheels – no idea where to just walk in and get them in East London now. Bought loads over the years I was in E2. The place should be at least Grade II listed. I’ve moved out to E17 myself, where Manze’s Pie and Mash shop has just received Grade II status. W.H. Clark is as deserving!

  8. Frank Tuckwell

    Amazing slice of recent history, the unopened packs of nails got me. Thanks for an incredible snapshot of old london( my father came from Hackney).

  9. Gary

    Thank you, Frank. Yes, it was sad to see it closing. There is an excellent website called ‘Spitalfields Life’ where you can see many more photo-stories about Hackney. When I see pics even from the fairly recent 1980’s, they seem like a world away, the pace of change is shocking. Best, Gary.

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