38-42 Hampton Road, Teddington

Image: (Wikipedia) “King George V – During this long reign many thousands of wall boxes were installed. (This example, at the corner of 38-42, Hampton Road) is WB106/3 1934-6 by W.T. Allen & Co. Ltd. of London. The larger GR cipher is positioned low on the door, whereas earlier GR boxes by W.T. Allen 1910-25 have a smaller cipher set much higher on the door.”

From the website of the Teddington Society:

“Nos. 38-40: Appears to be one large building but is two detached Victorian villas of 3-storey with basement, of stock brick and slate with large half-round bays at main ground floor rooms, joined by a modern central section erected between the wars to form a block of offices known as Nation House.

(The National Archives): “The Nation Life and General Assurance Company Ltd was registered on 22 April 1925 and commenced trading on 29 May 1925. The company’s registered office was Nation House, Hampton Road, Teddington, Middlesex, but it opened branches in central London and the provinces, including Manchester and Liverpool. The company was set up to acquire the England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland business of the New Ireland Assurance Company Ltd. It provided fire, industrial and ordinary life and general branch insurance. It also owned a controlling interest in the Tabulating and Mechanical Accounting Service Ltd. The company’s name was changed to the Fordham Life and General Assurance Company Ltd between August 1969 and October 1970, when it was again changed to the Nation Life Insurance Company Ltd. The Company was liquidated in 1974.”

No. 42: Villa, detached Victorian, 3-storey with basement, on corner site. Of stock brick and slate with small brick tower. Brick work of ground floor and basement rendered and painted. Bays on ground floor and basement, front and west side of house. Ornate balcony over entrance. Formerly called Fairview Hotel.”

Ben Weich reported for the Richmond and Twickenham Times of 9.4.16:

“A controversial new-age office building in Teddington was unanimously approved by Richmond Borough Council last night despite the protestations of nearby residents and the ward’s councillor.

An application submitted in October for a high-tech development on Hampton Road, Teddington on behalf of the Byrne Group – a construction firm – was opposed on grounds of flood risk, light pollution and obstruction of sight-lines for drivers…

Residents also asked for automatic blinds to be installed – and that working hours should not extend past 8pm on Sundays and public holidays, although this was upheld.

Despite objections from Fulwell and Hampton Hill councillor Jonathan Cardy – who does not sit on the planning committee – councillors said they felt the Byrne Group had adequately amended plans in response to residents’ concerns.”


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