I stumbled across Mr Wandles’ workshop quite by accident, whilst hunting down carpet in Wandsworth, a year ago. Meandering towards Earslfield, I noticed piles of reclaimed fireplaces stacked up against the shop’s facade. . . .And Spitalfields Life investigates Daniel Lewis and Son, Ltd, 493-495 Hackney Rd, London's oldest ironmongers:
When photographer Simon Mooney and I went along to explore, we were amazed to discover a unique complex of buildings that carries two centuries of history of industry in the East End, with many original items of nineteenth century hardware still in stock.Sadly, the shop is going to move after 200 years in this spot, because of -- you guessed it -- parking.
To the left of the factory, stands a long cobbled shed where the carriages came in for repair, and beneath a slab flows a stream and there are stones of the Roman road that ran through here.