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|"I takes a great deal of history to produce|
a little literature."
Events across the river
were shaping the future of the Hayward brothers. In 1807, Thomas Noble
had vacated The Dog's Head in the Pot premises on the corner of
Union Street and Blackfriars Road in favour of William Browne, also an
ironmonger. George Glover, still specialising in iron fences, had
continued at 117, Union Street. By a strange coincidence, The Dog's
Head in the Pot premises, previously 23, St. George's Place, had
been re-numbered 117, Blackfriars Road.
But this was not the only coincidence. In 1830,
by which time Glover had included the manufacture of stoves and ranges
in his foundry in Union Street, a Robert Henly appears in business not
only with Browne at 117, Blackfriars Road, but also with Glover himself
at 117, Union Street. Thus, Henly forges the link in the chain connecting
the ancient Dog's Head in the Pot legend with the present headquarters
of Haywards Limited on the site of Glover's old premises which, upon his
retirement in 1838, Robert Henly, now trading as R. Henly and Company, took
over altogether while still retaining the old shop on the corner.
We see how intricate is the pattern threaded by
these events into the history of these firms, how elaborate and interwoven