Black Cat Cigarettes 6

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One of my personal favourites, this one is on Dingley Road, EC1. It is for an old brand of cigarettes that no longer exists.  There used to be a factory located on this site but more interesting is that Greater London House in Mornington Crescent was originally built as a factory for these cigarettes by their owner Carreras. Note the black cats guarding the entrance way.

I got this shot, which differs from the one published in Time Out, by asking someone to let me onto the third floor balcony of the nearby flats. Hopefully the picture gives a sense of the size of this one i.e. big for London at three stories high.


  • ruby

    >i like this one a lot: kinda belongs in a victorian comic book

  • Stuart

    >Beautiful shot to find! My Great-grandfather spent 25 years working there until the outbreak of World War II. It was called the Imperial Tobacco Company's Dingley Road Factory. Thanks for bringing it to a wider audience.

    • Malcolm Wykes

      Found your comment while browsing.

      Some years ago I found, in Ampthill Antiques Emporium, a framed and ornate long-service certificate for a Daisy Amelia Fraser, who, in 1930, had completed 25 years’ service with the Imperial Tobacco Company, at their Dingley Road Factory. I always wondered what her circumstances were, and how her certificate came to be in Ampthill.

      Kind regards,

      Malcolm Wykes.

      • How interesting Malcolm. I’m sure there is an interesting story to go with that certificate but one that will remain a mystery, at least for the time being…

    • Thanks Stuart, I’d be interested in any more information you have about your relative’s work there, I really love the personal and family stories that go with these signs.

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