Ex-Bottoms Up unit at The Causeway gets a makeover

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By Teddington People | Thursday, May 15, 2014, 10:12

The dilapidated ex- Bottoms Up unit received a makeover this week after the Teddington Business Community (TBC) led the creation of a colourful hoarding reflecting the town's Edwardian heritage to cover it.

The TBC aimed to design an impactful and modern looking hoarding which actively promotes Teddington and its businesses, particularly its wealth of independent shops which reflect the character and main appeal of Teddington’s town centre.

With the help of Richmond Council, the Teddington Society and Melissa Sims of Sims Opticians, the TBC painfully researched what businesses used to be like in the early 1900s in The Causeway using old photographs and documents.

Bridget Clements, TBC committee member said: "We could have just reproduced some of the excellent old photos on the hoarding for this large site but we wanted the hoarding to be more inviting, colourful and forward thinking, to help attract business interest in the site. So as well as being given a modern twist, it visualises active businesses, the most appropriate business choice for our area being independent shops.

"We have also tried to choose the types of shops which people say they want in Teddington and used the names of six of the many shops which traded in The Causeway in the early 1900s as a nod towards Teddington's Edwardian heritage."

The group has copied the shop names, shop windows and fonts used during the era but has redesigned it in a colourful and modern way.

Ms Clements continued: "We have also included a ‘Teddington theatre’ which used to be in The Causeway at that time and if you look closely you will see some of the old photos in the window. The photos include an excellent postcard from 1907 ‘Trade Success to Teddington’ which Melissa Sims has on her wall inside Sims Opticians and is still an inspiring message today."

Panels represent the following shops: A G Sims Watchmaker and Jeweller, London & Provincial Meat Stores, Teddington Theatre, William Humphry Bakers, A Argyll Fishmongers and poulterers and J Williams Fruit Market.

You can see the panels now at 16-20 The Causeway.



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