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    Prices were high compared with those of modern times. A looking-glass 50 inches by 40 inches in the mid-eighteenth century cost over sixty pounds. Ignoring purchase tax, the same article would cost less than a twelfth of that sum today. Window-glass, of course, was much cheaper and would have comprised the greater part of Samuel Hayward's business.
    The original premises were at No. 26, Bread Street, off Cheapside. Here, in the heart of the thoroughfare then largely occupied by silk merchants, ribbon mercers, hosiers, lace manufacturers and other kindred trades, Samuel Hayward pursued a flourishing trade. The City of London was full of houses and places of business and these were full of windows. "Let there be light," to a God-fearing son of a Dissenter like Samuel Hayward was an excellent precept which, apart from its divine origin, brought excellent returns. Doubtless, even today, in some dark Bread Street courtway or passage in the City, a clerk or typist still works by the light of a window cut and glazed by Samuel Hayward.
    While he was trading in Bread Street, in nearby Wood Street a second John Hayward carried on the occupation of sash and fanlight manufacturer. Whether he was a brother, a cousin or no relation at all, the nature of his business certainly suggests the shape of things to come in the future of the Haywards.
    Let us pause for a moment to examine the national life of the times. It was a time of Empire building in the East