OXO Tower

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Thursday 15 November 2007 10.38am
Does anyone know the best place to find out about the history of the OXO Tower?

I'm just starting a project on the building for my degree and so far haven't been able to find much out about it.

I would also like to contact the facilities manager for the building does anyone know the contact number for them?

I would appreciate any information people can offer.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Thursday 15 November 2007 10.51am
Contact info for Coin Street Community Builders will be on their website:
http://www.coinstreet.org

For the older history of the site try searching under Stamford Wharf, which was the previous name of the complex before it was redeveloped for housing/shops/restaurants.

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Thursday 15 November 2007 11.00am
Thank you for you reply James, I have recently contacted the Coin Street Community Builders but have not recieved a reply yet, do you know are they the managers for the propert?
Thursday 15 November 2007 11.09am
Yes.

http://www.coinstreet.org/oxotower_wharf.aspx

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Thursday 15 November 2007 12.57pm
Hi
If you haven't already and are in London, try the excellent Southwark Local History Library in Borough High St.

Specifically you can try looking at the "Survey of London" which is in a very large number of volumes, but you need Vol XXII which is not yet digitised (others are here: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/place.aspx?gid=74&region=1 )

Some are quite old - Vol XXIII (South Bank/Lambeth) dates from 1951 so you'll only get the history to that point - but the library will I'm sure have more.
Saturday 17 November 2007 10.12pm
Oxo was a cheaper variation on "Liebig's Extract of Meat". The company (which also made Fray Bentos corned beef) traded under the Liebig name (or as LEMCO) until the first world war's anti German xenophobia when they started promoting the OXO and Fray Brentos brands more vigorously.

However, the official documents for the company's battle with the London County Council in the late 1920s to get its advertising onto the building are in LEMCO's full name.

BTW - having been Googling unsuccessfully for any court case details, I found this site about the abandoned factory at Fray Bentos (it is actually a place in Uruguay!) fascinating:
http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/casamirror/fray_bentos.htm
Monday 19 November 2007 10.45am
one great piece of info about the oxo tower is the window at the top. and why it is a window. they didn't get permission to have the 'OXO' sign they wanted. so they put a window in instead with the design of 'OXO'
Tuesday 20 November 2007 2.08pm
Hi Heather,

I'm sorry if we haven't responded to your email yet. We've recently moved to our new Neighbourhood Centre and are using new email addresses. You can reach us directly using helpdesk@coinstreet.org for any questions. Otherwise, (as mentioned by another user)our website contains updated information on our aims and objectives as well at the history of Coin Street (in the About Us section, top left-hand side).

I look forward to hearing from you,
Lindsay (Help Desk)
Coin Street Community Builders
www.coinstreet.org
Tuesday 20 November 2007 3.32pm
If anyone finds something, let me know - I've just moved and can see part of the bottom O and the X from my bedroom window!

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