Hatchard’s Art Department

I went in to Hatchard’s art department today to sign some more copies of East London for Christmas.   It always gives me a slight frisson because it is where Romilly was working when I first met her in December 1973, nearly 45 years ago.   In those days, there were three people working in the Art Department:  Maureen Boland, a spinster who always wore a nylon overall and went on to publish Old Wives’ Lore for Gardeners jointly with her sister;  Baron Nicolas van den Branden de Reeth, a very well read Belgian baron who lived with Terence Davis, the architectural historian, in a grand flat in Cornwall Gardens;  and Romilly, who got the job by walking in off the street.


2 thoughts on “Hatchard’s Art Department

  1. John was the architect for the refurbishment of Hatchard’s in the late 90’s. Very difficult to get a lift in – and it is tiny but it works. He spent countless hours on the staircase details.

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