The earliest reference I can find to Aviva companies in the Bexley area is from 1867 when Norwich Union Fire appointed Relph and Sons of Bexley Heath as agent.
Today the flame reaches Waltham Forest where our oldest constituent, Hand-in-Hand, was authorised to cover "houses or chambers" from damage by fire from 1731.
Our earliest agents in Guildford, Theophilus Smith and George Potter, were acting for Norwich Union Life by 1818.
Norwich Union had an agency in Maidstone as early as 1808. By 1818 the Norwich Union Life agency was under George Hawkins and Norwich Union Fire was running a fire brigade there.
Our earliest agent was Odden Hambrook whose name appeared on this list of Kent agents in 1815.
I have been able to find out very little about Aviva's activities in Hastings despite our earliest links with the town dating back to 1818.
Aviva's history in Brighton dates back to 1818 when Norwich Union Fire and Life were both operating there.
15 Jul 2012
Aviva's earliest known agent in Portsmouth was J Kingsford of Portsea who was representing Norwich Union Life from 1818. By 1822 Norwich Union Fire was also operating in the (then) town and William Simmons of Portsea took out this fire policy with the company to cover offices at 4 Hanover Street.
Aviva's earliest agency in Southampton dates from 1809. As is usually the case, our first agent was appointed by Norwich Union who also provided the policy below for local man Peter Oakley on a house on the west side of Love Lane in 1821.
Slater's Trade Directory for 1850 describes "Bourne Mouth" as a "beautiful retreat and watering place" with "two first class hotels and a reading room."