Following the fame: Dover - nearly a century of the Hambrooks
18 Jul 2012
Posted by: Anna Stone
Subjects: Interesting stories
Dover is another stop along the Olympic Flame route where Aviva has a long history and very little to show for it. Our earliest agent was Odden Hambrook whose name appeared on a list of Kent agents in 1815.
In 1867 Mr Hambrook was replaced by his son John Barber Hambrook and by this date Commercial Union's agent in Dover was Richard Dickinson.
Mr Dickinson and Mr Hambrook were still in place in the 1880s and by 1883 had been joined by agents for other Aviva constituent companies. Edinburgh Life was represented by Binfield Brothers at Market Square and General Life's agent was W J Pettitt at 151 Snargate Street.
Also in Dover by this date were the short lived Lion Fire and Lion Life companies whose agent was T W Fry at 20 Biggin Street.
Union's agent was J E Terson and Son of 27 Castle Street who also represented Accident Insurance Company. Another accident specialist, Railway Passengers, also had a Dover agent by 1883 and the company's claimants included a local officer who received £156 compensation for suffering enteric fever (typhoid).
By the following decade other Aviva companies had commenced business in Dover including Northern, with E A Marsh at Union Street, and Hand-in-Hand and Yorkshire both represented by William A Bussey at 4 Priory Grove.
Sadly we are now getting to the end of my information on Aviva in Dover. The remaining information comes from a volume kept by Norwich Union which lists the company's agents all over the country.
In 1897 Frank Baker, a dispenser at 9 Barton Gardens was appointed as an agent and he was still representing them in 1908 when the company's last listed Dover agent, R A G Reid, was appointed. Also still representing the company was J B Hambrook, whose occupation was listed as chemist, meaning that the Hambrook family connection spanned the entire length of our known activities in Dover.
It goes without saying that I would like to find out how much longer the link with the Hambrooks continued or anything about our more recent history here. I'll end with this Kent-related poster from a series produced by Yorkshire Insurance in 1966.