Following the flame: Bolton - introducing Prince Mercado of Warrington
31 May 2012
Posted by: Anna Stone
Subjects: Interesting stories
Sadly the archive has very little to show for a link with Bolton which goes back at least to 1816. By 1818 Norwich Union Life was represented there by Henry Norris...
...and by 1828 Norwich Union Fire's agency was under John Heaton at 175 Deansgate. Other Aviva companies operating in Bolton by 1828 included Yorkshire Insurance, represented by Mr Ambrose Grundy...
...and West of England at Back King Street under Thomas Mulliner.
For over a century we have no further record of our activities in the town until General Accident opened a sub office at Watson's Chambers Nelson Square in 1937. William Golightley was appointed manager and the branch telephone number was 4133.
Shortly after this the General Accident archive records an interesting visit to a potential customer made by Mr Davenport the assistant inspector at Warrington (which the Olympic Flame also passes today). According to the staff magazine, on visiting the insured Mr Davenport came face to face with a lioness. Cover was required for the feline, a trained performer (stage name Prince Mercado), for when she travelled in the back of her owner's car!