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."
The information I have managed to find for our history in Weymouth and Portland is very limited.
Aviva's history in Salisbury can be traced back just over 200 years to the appointment of an agent for Norwich Union Fire in 1811.
Archivist Blog - 10 July 2012 Subjects: History - Interesting stories
Aviva has been operating in Oxford for over 206 years. In 1806 Norwich Union Fire's agents were Messrs Slater and Munday and by 1818 Norwich Union Life was being represented by G W Syms.
Aviva has been operating in Luton since at least 1824 when Norwich Union Life was represented by Frederick Chase.
Aviva's presence in Cambridge can be traced back to at least 1796 by which date Norwich General had appointed Richard Stimson as agent.
Norwich Union Fire commenced business in Chelmsford in 1813 and five years later Norwich Union Life had appointed W Knight as agent there.