T.J. Boulting & Sons, Fitzrovia

In Fitzrovia you can find a dazzling green and gold mosaic that proudly announces the former business of T.J. Boulting & Sons.

T J Boulting & Sons, Fitzrovia | Look Up London

On the corner of Riding House Street and Candover Street, this Art Nouveau beauty was built in 1903-4 and designed by Herbert Fuller Clark and Percy Boulting (son of Thomas John Boulting).

T J Boulting & Sons, Fitzrovia | Look Up London

Even if you haven’t heard of Herbert Fuller Clark you might have seen his most famous work, The Blackfriar pub outside Blackfriars Station.

The gold and green (and even the typography along the side) are almost an exact copy!

History of T.J. Boulting & Sons

T.J. Boulting & Sons was founded in 1808, almost a century before this building was constructed. As furnishing ironmongers they provided the metalwork for cooking and washing and list their services as ‘gas and electrical engineers’, ‘sanitary and hot water engineers, appliance’ and ‘stove manufactory’.

T J Boulting & Sons, Fitzrovia | Look Up London

I found an interesting bit of scandal that apparently Thomas John Boulting felt cheated out of a Royal Warrant in the 1880s because he had installed the first flushing toilet in Windsor Castle.

If you’re interested, that honour went to Thomas Crapper & Co who had replaced the sanitary ware and drainage at Sandringham in 1886.

The business closed in the 1960s and since 1978 the building’s freehold has been owned by Community Housing Association with the flats being mainly social housing.

T J Boulting & Sons, Fitzrovia | Look Up London

The ground floor is now a gallery called TJ Boulting which opened in 2011.

What was here before?

Before this building appeared in the early 20th century the site was home to the Sir Isaac Newton pub, first recorded in 1777 which was on the corner until 1899.

I couldn’t find a tangible link with Newton and Fitzrovia, he has a blue plaque on Jermyn Street in St James’s and he used to live near Leicester Square in the early 1700s.

A ‘PH’ for Public House seen on the 1887 Goad Map.

Image Credit: www.layersoflondon.org Goad Map 1887

Also if you were wondering about the name, Riding House Street it comes from a 1726 riding house on Mortimer Street. These were relatively common and served as schools dotted around the then-suburbs catering to military (and civilian) gentlemen.


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