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Posted by: Anna Stone
Subjects: Policies and Polkas
26 Jul 2012
Today the Olympic flame reaches Westminster where we can trace our history back to 1696 and the foundation of the Hand-in-Hand.
Today the Olympic flame moves to Haringey, an area roughly covered by the North London branches of our various constituent companies.
Our history in Ealing can almost certainly be traced back to the early 1730s when Hand-in-Hand and Union extended their businesses to areas within 10 miles of the City and Westminster.
Today the flame moves to Wandsworth where our earliest agent was Mr B Cane who was representing Norwich Union Life by 1818.
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.