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Eleanor Crow’s East End Ironmongers

January 6, 2015
by the gentle author
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Daniel Lewis & Son Ltd, Hackney Rd

As you can see, illustrator Eleanor Crow shares my love of ironmongers. “The inventive displays and signage of hardware stores make these my favourite shopfronts,” she confessed to me, I have only to see the serried ranks of brooms, pots, latches and pans to be reminded of some useful item that needs purchasing immediately.” Alas, three favourites have closed recently but we trust the others will be fulfilling our architectural ironmongery and plumbing requirements for years to come.

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C W Tyzack, Kingsland Rd

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Bernardes Trading Ltd, Barking Rd

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Bradbury’s, Broadway Market

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Chas Tapp, Southgate Rd

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Emjay Decor, Bethnal Green Rd

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General Woodwork Supplies, Stoke Newington High St

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Diamond Ladder Factory, Lea Bridge Rd

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Farringdon Tool Supplies, Exmouth Market

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Histohome, Stoke Newington High St

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KAC Hardware, Church St

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Leyland SDM, Balls Pond Rd

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KTS the Corner, Kingsland Rd

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Mix Hardware, Blackstock Rd

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City Hardware, Goswell Rd

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Travis Perkins, Kingsland Rd

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SX, Essex Rd

Illustrations copyright © Eleanor Crow

You may also like to see Eleanor Crow’s other East End illustrations

Eleanor Crow’s East End Cafes

Eleanor Crow’s East End Bakers

Eleanor Crow’s East End Fish Shops

and read about more ironmongers

At London’s Oldest Ironmongers

Receipts from London’s Oldest Ironmongers

Photos from London’s Oldest Ironmongers

At General Woodwork Supplies

At KTS the Corner

At MG Ironmongery & Hardware

At City Hardware

14 Responses leave one →
  1. ROBERT GREEN permalink
    January 6, 2015

    I like these shop’s too, C W TYZACK in Kingsland Rd sell beautiful tools, top quality for real tradesman, (although they will also sell them to “bodger’s” like ME to) I remember Bernards Trading Ltd from when I was a little boy, in fact I recently went in there to buy some garden canes just like the one’s on display in the drawing, the man and woman who run the shop are very nice people, and I always seem to be going into the Leyland SDM decorating shop in Balls Pond Road, I think I must have bought enough paint in there to do the Forth Bridge, TWICE ! ! but most of all I do miss Daniel Lewis in Hackney Rd, I always loved going in there, it truly was one of the most unique shops in London, I was genuinely very sad when it closed, PLEASE do support these shops and others like them whenever you possibly can, I always do because it is the only way that you can help to safeguard their future, many are very old established businesses and much valued by their customers but they are not museums and in a ruthlessly commercial world they need a steady flow of money going into their tills to keep them viable – so please support them if at all possible.

  2. January 6, 2015

    These are fun, and I know quite a few, RIP General Woodwork Supplies.

  3. Naomi permalink
    January 6, 2015

    Oh yes, me too. I love these kind of shops. I grew up near Edgware Road – does anyone remember Sam’s run by a charismatic Chinese man called, erm, Sam? You could go in on the off chance that he would have something to replace a 40-year-old missing but crucial something.. and he would. My mum and I were very sad when he closed. Mix hardware is my latest find – after years of driving past, I finally went in looking for a small key blank and they had it. The shop is like an overstuffed sandwich; an amazing hoard of spools and boxes and trays full of useful things that have a particular kind of beauty, especially en masse. Mix seems to be run by a lovely mother and daughter team, which is also pretty unique for the trade. Support these shops when you can!

  4. January 6, 2015

    I like this kind of fanciful illustrations, indeed!

    Love & Peace
    ACHIM

  5. January 6, 2015

    SX not there anymore either.

  6. Peter permalink
    January 6, 2015

    I said in a comment re.Eleanor’s cafe illustrations that I thought they would make brilliant postcards and now make the same comment about these. If there is a possibility of that please let me know;thankyou and best regards for 2015.

  7. Annie S permalink
    January 6, 2015

    Lovely illustrations!

    I am familiar with quite a few of the premises, including the lost ones. The green wall to Travis Perkins on the Kingsland Road is still there but a new block of flats is starting to emerge from behind it!

  8. Jill permalink
    January 6, 2015

    Eleanor has captured social history in these evocative pictures and you can almost smell those brooms, tins, nuts and bolts. Why do metal things have that smell?

  9. the gentle author permalink*
    January 6, 2015

    Be assured, we’ve got plans Peter!

  10. January 6, 2015

    These paintings are really fun and full of life and character. I love looking at all the little details! Valerie

  11. catherine morris permalink
    January 6, 2015

    Where would I be without Thompsons on the Roman Rd? Worth visiting. Great people and they always give my dog a treat when we come in :)

  12. Donald Carlton Burns permalink
    January 7, 2015

    These are absolutely fantastic watercolours. The control of washes is remarkable. Wonderful shadings.

  13. Peter bailey permalink
    January 7, 2015

    More lovely reportage by Eleanor.

  14. Anthea Woodcock permalink
    May 24, 2016

    Chas. Tapp!! My mother worked for them for many years back in the 60′s and 70′s in the tiny office, over the shop and yard.

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