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So interesting I had not idea that that was the start of Waitrose, two combined names back at the beginning of last century. When next in Acton, haven’t been for years, will try and find the original spot. Lovely history
I worked there in 1974 as a trainee manager.
Tom Smith was manager at that time with a Mr Olsen as deputy.
A particular lady who I remember well was Pat. She took me under her wing when I was just 16. Happy days!
The clock used to be outside Findlater House, 92 Wigmore Street from 1924. It was the headquarters for Findlater, Mackie, Todd and Co. who were wine, spirit, stout and ale merchants.
It’s elaborately carved teak case represents objects associated with the wine trade. The carvings above the clock face show an early 18th century bottle, a Champagne pupitre, a spirit still, a vintage cart, a sherry solera and a Dry Fly sherry bottle, all entwined with vine leaves and bunches of grapes. Below the dial on one side sails a Douro port wine boat and on the other side is the Chateau Clos de Veugeot in Burgundy. The arm which supports the clock is decorated with hop leaves and barley stooks on one side and grapes and tastevin on the other.
The teak case was designed by Mr Terence Carr and carved by Messrs Robinson of Kingston, Surrey.
The John Lewis Partnership acquired Findlater, Mackie, Todd and Co. in 1993. The Findlater clock was removed from Wigmore Street and was restored for the opening of Waitrose Marylebone in November 1999.