Cordings of Piccadilly

Special hand made awning profiles for Cordings

15 Sep 2017

These  Victorian Awnings® we recently refurbished at Cording Ltd of Piccadilly have an especially interesting additional feature. The laths, which are the wooden profiles at the front of the awning, were not historically correct to the building. Our in house carpenter was provided with a pattern and created bespoke hardwood profiles which meet precisely the historic design profile of this 19th Century building. At Morco we are rarely stumped when it comes to meeting specific customer demands and the more difficult the job the more satisfying is to us when we find the solution.

First opened in 1893 waterproofing was the reason for the original Cordings business, and John Charles Cording opened his first shop as an outfitter and water proofer in 1839 at 231 The Strand. Charles Mackintosh had patented his process of dissolving rubber and binding it to cotton in the 1800s. Then 1843, he had perfected the vulcanisation process, and John Cording was the person to take this forward and to manufacture the Mackintosh still sold to this day.

Today, Cordings is established as the leading purveyor of distinguished clothing for country people who also want to look smart and distinguished wearing the same clothes to business or social functions.  There can be no greater proof in this except for the fact that the iconic guitarist, Eric Clapton, became a primary investor in the business in 2003 and is an influencer selection of each season's new tweeds.

Finished in 1903 by H. A. Woodington, Denman House is Stone faced with slate roof in a neo-Baroque style turning corner into Air Street. It has 5 storeys and attic with a 6 storey corner tower. There are 2 bays to Piccadilly, a bowed corner becoming a half octagon tower above 1st floor with single matching bay to Air Street. It has an enriched frieze to the main entablature, with  its cornice supporting an elaborate lucarne. The top storey of the corner tower has an Ionic order above which a pierced drum with bold volute buttresses supports a stone dome. 

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