Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Vigor, Richmond

What could a Victorian shop called Vigor have been selling? If anyone has any idea, please leave your suggestions through the comments link. Somehow, even if the meaning is similar, I'd like to think it is the Latin word, "vigor, -oris", rather than the English one that is written there.


For years the shop remained empty and a thick layer of grime and dust covered this doostep mosaic. Then last year the toy and bookshop Story Explorers moved in and after much scrubbing the mosaic has now regained its colours.

Location: St Mary's Grove / Picture taken on: 06/03/2011

2 comments:

Catriona said...

There was a company called "Vigor," of 21 Baker Street, London, who made "Horse Action Saddles" - you can see lots of amusing examples of the stimulating machine by searching Google Images for the name and the phrase, and, not to give the game away, but it appears to have been a useful, ahem, tool for curing "hysteria," for want of a better euphemism!

Anonymous said...

There are a couple of references to a William Petter Vigor living at 9 St Mary's Grove in 1884 (although I think your door is no. 18)
http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/rd/97ed250e-4f23-4d7f-9e11-ec3178def066
Also a reference to him on a genealogy web chat site as being listed in the 1871 census residing at Mitre Villas (the Mitre pub is next door)
http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=744355.9
Don't see much else about him other than that in August 1916 a William Petter & Mary Vigor of Kingston-upon-Thames lost their son, aged 18 (also Willam Petter Vigor) in the Battle of the Somme.
http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Sussex/Brighton_WW1_V.html
http://www.everymanremembered.org/cemeteries/cemetery/80800/?sortby=regiment&page=2715