The Great Chronicle of London




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London: Printed by George W. Jones


In July, 1890 the Zaehnsdorf business relocated to new bespoke premises in the Cambridge Circus area of Central London, near Charing Cross Road. Called ‘The Cambridge Works’, the building housed a basement, where the folding, sewing and collating (traditionally called ‘Women’s work’) took place; the ground floor with its showroom and offices; and the upper floors which included the forwarding, covering and finishing departments, all bathed in natural light from the many windows. Joseph William Zaehnsdorf retired in 1920 and his eldest son, Ernest (1879-1970), took over, having entered the business in 1896. Zaehnsdorf’s continued trading until its merger in 1983 with Sangorski and Sutcliffe, a binding business established in 1901 (see Cabinet 10).


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Edited by A. H. Thomas and I. D. Thornley, “The Great Chronicle of London,” | OUR Heritage, accessed December 1, 2023,