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R. W. Allen

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J. Tylor pump in Woodbridge, installed by R W Allen
Nameplate on pump in Woodbridge

of Woodbridge, Suffolk

1859 Advert: 'LODER ALLEN,
In announcing his Retirement from Business, begs to recommend to his numerous Friends and Patrons his son, ROBERT W. ALLEN, his successor,
R. W. ALLEN,
PAINTER, PLUMBER, GLAZIER, AND HOUSE PAINTER,
BEGS to assure those who may favour him with their commands in the above line, that they shall have his best attention; and he hopes, by good workmanship and moderate charges, to retain the kind patronage so long bestowed on his father. Woodbridge, April 15, 1859.' [1]

1866 Advert: 'CHURCH STREET, WOODBRIDGE. TO BE LET, With Possession on the 6th of April next, THE BUSINESS PREMISES and COMFORTABLE RESIDENCE, now in the occupation of Mr. R. W. Allen, Plumber, Glazier, and Painter, whose tenancy expires on the above date. The Property is in the centre of Church Street, and to tradesman with energy, such an opening rarely occurs, the late Mr. Loder Alien and his family having carried on a lucrative business there for nearly a century. For further particulars apply to Mr. Reason Goodwyn, Woodbridge.'[2]

An unusual hand pump is preserved in the centre of Woodbridge (see photos). Presumably the pump was installed by Allen, but it was made by J. Tylor and Sons of London[3].

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Sources of Information

  1. The Suffolk Chronicle; or Weekly General Advertiser & County Express. - Saturday 16 April 1859
  2. The Suffolk Chronicle; or Weekly General Advertiser & County Express. - Saturday 3 February 1866
  3. [1] Village Pumps website, Woodbridge page