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the welfare of workers but in the results achieved in the factory itself.
The canteen quickly developed into a club where billiards and other
pastimes could be enjoyed. A stand was erected on the football ground and
soon the firm's team was making its mark in senior League football.|
In the works, the Sash and Casement Departments
were transferred to new shop bays in May 1924. Thus, in its own time and
upon an organised scale, the production emphasis was moving to Enfield.
In 1924, the old foundry shop at Union Street was sold.
Perhaps by way of comparison a passing reference
may be permitted to the small shop standing at this time at the corner
of Union Street and Blackfriars Road where the Sign of The Dog's Head
in the Pot still marked an ironmonger's. Others of this ancient
trade had come and gone since the Hayward brothers quitted the premises
many years before. It was a small self-contained undertaking and few who
daily made their way down Union Street realised the relation of this
small shop to the history of Haywards Limited. In seven years, the sign
would be taken down and sold to a museum. A few years more, and after a
night of horror, the shop would vanish and the sun rise on a heap of rubble.
And so this small beginning of Haywards of the Borough would be lost
among the greater catastrophes of history.
William Extone, who had been associated for many
years with the last Hayward active in the business, died on Boxing Day
1924. He was a man of outstanding character. For forty-seven years he
had played a leading part in the firm's history and had stamped his vivid
personality upon every facet of its life. Business, however, did not
occupy all his time. Born free of the city, he took up his livery in the
Stationers' Company early in life and later in that of the Worshipful
Company of Tilers and Bricklayers, of which he was elected Master in
1922. Southwark, the home of Haywards, benefited from his services for a
number of years as warden of St. Saviour's Church, since raised to the
dignity of a