Sunday 30 November 2008 6.20pm
Hi old harry
Ta for your reminiscence - I've only just seen it, not having looked in for a while.
I used to trudge wearily to St Christopher House from the other direction, Blackfriars. In those days, I never used Borough Market
, though colleagues used to mention popping down there for their fruit & veg. I use it occasionally now, when I'm up in town. It's very upmarket now of course.
You brought your own lunch? So you'll possibly not recall the joint MoT/War Office canteen (on the 10th floor IIRC)? As a youngster, first job and all that, I remember the CS luncheon vouchers (bought for 1s/1d and worth 2s/2d at the counter) which we young'uns were entitled to. For that you could get a main course, meat & 2 veg, and a pud.
There was a small social scene there - I recall people bringing in their latest records for lunchtime record sessions in the MoT basement, and occasional full-scale record hops (what they'd call a disco now, I suppose) at night in the canteen - complete with licensed bar.
I worked in the Armaments Production Directorate while there - ammo prod. and wheeled vehicle prod. and made some good friends, though, sad to say, I've lost touch with them all many years since.
Blimey, I must have lead a sheltered life - never encountered the Wright's Coal Tar Soap girls! LOL.
All the best