Gillows of Lancaster was founded in the 1730s and became a name renowned for its high standard of craftsmanship and unique design of furniture, constructed both to its own fantastic designs, and other well known designers such as Chippendale, Sheraton and Hepplewhite.

Towards the late Victorian era, financial difficulties  plus an influx of mass produced furniture resulted with Gillows working together with Waring of Liverpool. In 1903 Waring took over Gillows.

A new Waring & Gillow building was opened in 1906 on Oxford Street, London. The impressive new premises covered 40,000 sq. ft. and included a domed Georgian Rotunda which measured 85 ft. by 54 ft. This building would remain the company's headquarters for the next 65 years.

The 1:12 scale model van is of a type used at the Oxford Street store and was displayed by Chris Biggs at a Midlands Model Engineering Exhibdition..

Chris Biggs

Anthony Mount

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