Sunday, 17 December 2017

Legal eagles’ blind

THIS black-out blind from the Second World War, fitted in 1939, is still gracing a window at the offices of

THIS black-out blind from the Second World War, fitted in 1939, is still gracing a window at the offices of B-Legal, the West Street solicitors.

The blind was put up by previous incumbents Cooper, Son and Caldecott. They were practising in 1741 with Thomas Newell being the attorney, back when their premises contained an office for the town clerk as well as a wash house, according to an old building plan framed in their entrance hall.

In 1838 John Cooper and Charles Towsey came up with the idea of an annual regatta, and it was this that evolved into the Henley Royal Regatta for which our town is so renowned.

100 years later and the firm fitted the Second World War black-out blinds like the one in this picture taken in their filing room. The aim of the blind was to prevent any light spilling outside and unintentionally helping any enemy aircraft.

The directive also included turning off street lights and significantly dimming car headlamps, which led to many accidents.

I will be interested to know if this is the only surviving example of its kind in the town?

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