Category Archives: LASSCO History
5 October 2020
The LASSCO Ropewalk yard is closed for business from October 22nd when our flooring yard and showroom will be moving to Brunswick House.
13 May 2019
As so often here at Brunswick House, an upcoming event of ineffable modernity reminds us of things past – usually more decorous.
30 October 2018
The origins of LASSCO (The London Architectural Salvage & Supply Company) can be traced way back through “Geo. Amos & Son” – a cabinet makers in the East End – to sawyers at Spilmersford Mill on the Tyne in East Lothian in Georgian times. It was in the 1970’s that Adrian Amos saw the opportunity...
16 June 2015
Essentially our business is dealing in ‘history’. It’s debatable whether it’s usually history with a Big ‘H’ or history with a small ‘h’. Today, 16th June 2015, LASSCO at Brunswick House is touched by Big History. It marks the 200th anniversary of the death at the Battle of Quatre Bras of Frederick William, Duke of...
22 January 2015
LASSCO moved from St. Michael’s Shoreditch to The Three Pigeons Oxfordshire in 2007. The pub we found then was in a terrible state and so were the grounds. We have brought the old Inn back to life. The bar and dining rooms are once again thronged with people – both locals and travellers – and with our Architectural Salvage displayed...
20 January 2015
In the eighteenth century Brunswick House (originally Belmont House) stood in five and half acres of parkland with its own jetty and a handsome frontage onto the Old Portsmouth Road. Now some two and half centuries later it casts a rueful glance at five lanes of traffic thundering past all hours of the day and...
19 January 2015
St. Michael & All Angels Church in Shoreditch, London EC2 was the home of LASSCO from 1979 until 2007. We were “that Architectural Salvage place in that church in East London”. It is tucked into the rabbit warren of Victorian streets that form a triangle south of where Great Eastern Street leaves the Old Street roundabout and heads towards Spitalfields....
22 September 2014
When Len Deighton was writing “SS-GB” in 1978 – his spy-thriller set in the 1940’s and in a London that had succumbed to Nazi invasion – he would have relished the foggy railway yard and bleak urban landscape that Nine Elms then was: a setting for a gritty denouement. Deighton, the celebrated historian, cook and...
23 February 2012
At LASSCO Three Pigeons we have discovered that our shop is the star, or at least one of the settings, in a fiction by the celebrated author and broadcaster Will Self. Curiously, each of his 1994 collection of short stories, collectively titled “Grey Area”, is hinged around the stretch of the M40 motorway from Beaconsfield...
20 October 2008
Taken by the eminent photographer, Paul Barkshire, in 1981, the evocative photograph below depicts a corner of the former Lion Works premises of George Amos and Son, the company from which LASSCO originates. The photo is part of a collection recently acquired from the National Monuments Record. It was taken using a 1920s Eastman camera, with 8...