Ipswich is another place where Aviva has a long history. Our earliest known agents, John Taylor and S Atkinson, appear in this advertisement for Norwich General in 1796.
I have been dreading the Olympic flame getting to Norwich. A search for "Norwich" on our archive database produces nearly 8,000 hits and this does not include the treasure trove of photographs, drawings and news items collected in over 100 years of the Norwich Union staff magazine.
Aviva has not been operating in Peterborough since the Civil War. In fact our earliest known agent was F I Main who was representing Norwich Union Fire in 1806.
Aviva's roots in Leicester go back to at least 1806 when Joseph Wallis was acting as agent for Norwich Union Fire.
Our earliest recorded Coventry agent worked for Norwich Union Fire in 1812 and that company set up our first sub-branch in the city exactly 100 years later under resident inspector E D Turner.
Aviva's earliest recorded Birmingham agents were R & T Jones who were representing Norwich Union Fire by 1806.
Derby is another place on the Olympic flame route where we have operated for a long time with very few archive records to show for it.
Aviva's earliest known Nottingham agent was Charles Twells who is listed in an advertisement for Norwich General in 1797.
By 1806 W Bedford was acting as agent for Norwich Union Fire in Lincoln and in 1824 the newly established Yorkshire Fire and Life appointed Richard Whitton junior.
Archivist Blog - 26 June 2012 Subjects: History - Interesting stories