Joining the Pieces Together

While salvaging what we could from Frederick Leach’s City Road workshops before they were demolished, we came across a small amount of raised plasterwork on the side of a chimney breast in the glass painting studio. A line of fleur-de-lys, one on top of the other, appeared when we pulled back an old bookcase beside the chimney. Was this another piece of Leach’s historic puzzle? We had seen this plaster pattern before, on a shop in St Mary’s Passage, Cambridge. The shop just happened to be the showrooms of F R Leach & Sons. This had to be evidence that Frederick had decorated and altered the front of the shop, as we had guessed from its ‘Arts and Crafts’ design. Nice to have our thoughts confirmed, and to put in place one more piece of the firm’s history.

Joining the pieces together