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Harrisons

 

Established in 1854.  The "Nelson's Column" connection results from the firm being hired to decorate Nelson's Column on two occasions, first in 1896 (being then the first to climb the column) to celebrate its Diamond Jubilee, and then in 1905, to celebrate the centenary of the Battle of Trafalgar.  I've been unable to find out if they are still steeplejacks, but, as they appear in directories under that label, I assume that they are.  This is now a bar run by the same family - a building they bought in 1935 and which was formerly the Meersbrook Spiritualist Chapel.  They occupied other buildings in the same street from the 19th century on. I assume that they are fine steeplejacks - but with terrible taste in colours!

 

Harrisons

 

Established in 1854.  The "Nelson's Column" connection results from the firm being hired to decorate Nelson's Column on two occasions, first in 1896 (being then the first to climb the column) to celebrate its Diamond Jubilee, and then in 1905, to celebrate the centenary of the Battle of Trafalgar.  I've been unable to find out if they are still steeplejacks, but, as they appear in directories under that label, I assume that they are.  This is now a bar run by the same family - a building they bought in 1935 and which was formerly the Meersbrook Spiritualist Chapel.  They occupied other buildings in the same street from the 19th century on. I assume that they are fine steeplejacks - but with terrible taste in colours!

 

comments (7)

  • Ray
  • Possibly Greenland
  • 7 May 2016, 01:25
Purple Haze...perhaps that is how one feels on reaching the top of Nelson's Column, Tom!
Tom Wilson: I guess that in the 19th century London's atmosphere could well have been the same colour smile
J'aime beaucoup la couleur de la façade.
Tom Wilson: Vraiment? Pour moi il est horrible!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 7 May 2016, 06:53
A fine and interesting piece of history Tom but that colour - it defies description!
Tom Wilson: Horrendous, isn't it!?
Mind you, it can't be missed with that colour Tom!
Tom Wilson: That's certainly true, Richard.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 7 May 2016, 08:21
I have to confess that I love this colour. An interesting firm in Sheffield with a famous history!
Tom Wilson: You and Martine both - I find it quite awful in this particular setting!
Do steeplejacks use ropes? The pure violet colour belongs on a flower, not a building.
It certainly grabs your attention! Thanks for the history lesson!

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