Following the flame: Weymouth and Portland - what happened after 1911?
12 Jul 2012
Posted by: Anna Stone
Subjects: Interesting stories
The information I have managed to find for our history in Weymouth and Portland is very limited. It is also strange in that it covers almost exactly the first century of our links with the area but includes nothing for the period after 1911.
Our earliest agency here dates from 1816 when Norwich Union Fire established an agency. The fire expense figures for Weymouth in 1819 were £6 1s 0d and in the years either side no loss was made there at all. By this date Norwich Union Life was also operating in Weymouth with agent John Symes junior.
By 1855 further Aviva constituents had commenced business in Weymouth. Northern was represented by Richard Thomas Smith, Union by Edgar Cox and West of England by William Thomas who had held the position since at least 1844. By this date Norwich Union's agent was George Andrews based in East Street.
By 1868 Norwich Union had four agents in Weymouth and in 1911, when my information ends, it had just one - William Pearce.
I would really like to know more about our business here so if you can help please do let me know.