History

In the year 1904 a metal works was founded at 7 Old Town. The owner of the new business was a gentleman by the name of William Bainbridge Reynolds and the firm became known as the Art Metal Works. Reynolds is arguably the most notable historic metalworker of all time having created the Kitchener chapel gates at St Paul’s Cathedral. His works are still highly collectable to this day. Reynolds insisted on everything being “as flawless as he could make it yet absolutely individual”.

During the First World War, the premises at the front of the complex became a boot repairers until the establishment of an antique dealers in the late 1960’s, known as Crisdens Antique Dealers. The metal works of 7 Old Town continued to thrive during the 20th Century until the early 1960’s, when it was replaced by the electrical engineers Avinash Electronic Ltd.