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Reference NumberB/VAU
LevelFonds
TitleRecords of H Vaughan Limited, chair frame makers of Spitalfields and Blackwall
Date(s)1941-1962
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Extent11 volumes
AdminHistoryThe firm was established in 1902 by Herbert Vaughan (known as Jim Vaughan). At that point it was a trade mill, that supplied components for settee and chair frames to upholsterers, and components for cupboards and chest of drawers. Initially the business was in Hoxton Square, then Redchurch Street, Bethnal Green. It subsequently moved to Brick Lane, Spitalfields before moving finally to ..., Blackwall. The business was bombed out of Redchurch St in the Second World War and following the move to premises in Brick Lane after the war, the firm got a contract to make frames for utility furniture. They subsequently started making copies of furniture and became bespoke chair frame makers. In 1973 the premises in Brick Lane were pulled down and the business moved to Blackwall. While initially business remained brisk, it slowly that dwindled off and the business closed in 2017.

[Information above taken from interview in Spitalfields Life blog 4 June 2017 - http://spitalfieldslife.com/2017/06/04/the-last-east-end-chair-frame-makers/]
SubjectPrivate enterprises
Spitalfields
Blackwall
Furniture industry
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