Category Archive: London

Sep 23

Norris Scraper Plane??

On eBay right now. Doesn’t seem right and I find no reference anywhere to a scraper plane having been produced. Not for me to say, but if you’re going to invent something, maybe invent something that’s never been seen!

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Aug 08

Copley? Anyone?

I’m wondering if I can find out a little more about Copley of London? I have one of his saws in a pile here, but know very little of him. If anyone has more info I’d be delighted to publish it. I now get a lot …

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Jan 10

An excerpt from ‘Shoreditch Tales’

The following text is from ‘Shoreditch Tales’, by Carolyn Clark & Linda Wilkinson. I’m very pleased that Carolyn Clark gave me permission to reproduce chapter eight, entitled ‘Work’, which for me was a most interesting insight into the furniture trades of Hackney. (Carolyn is currently doing a project on heritage of Regent’s Canal in Hackney and the buildings which line it. If you have anything about timberyards/factories etc, please contact her through the Shoreditch Tales website).

Jan 04

Sutton House, Hackney

At the end of our high street, rather in contrast to the second hand shops, estate agents and fried chicken shops, you will find Sutton House. It is a Tudor House, built in 1535 by prominent courtier of Henry VIII, Sir Ralph Sadleir. It has been home to merchants, Huguenot silkweavers, and squatters. …

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Sep 08

Built to last.

Like many cities and towns in many parts of the world, Hackney in east London is seeing a fair amount of change, as property developers move in, snapping up every disused building and ‘brown field’ site. Our local council seem to be agreeing to every whim of these developers, and many people …

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