Kew Bridge development

Site history - The 1950s block


More than twenty years after much of the site was cleared in the 1930s an oblong, plain office block was built there in 1959. Initially called Reed House after reed Corrugated Cases Ltd a cardboard and packaging manufacturer.

Here it is built, dominating the view on the approach to Kew Bridge taken before trolley buses were phased out in May 1962. After 1965 the building was taken over by the Wool Marketing Board.
In 1976 the building was taken over by Prudential. Here it is in colour seen behind the Tower in an aerial shot after the Thameside Centre was built.

Finally here it is on the left sometime between August 1981 and the conversion of the Star & Garter to offices in 1984. By this time the building was owned by Scottish Widows. It was demolished in the late 1980s, its most recent owner only leaving behind its name to the vacant Scottish Widows site.


I am grateful to Debbie Radcliffe who has done brilliant and detailed research into the history of the site and who has kindly given me access to her work.

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