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Insurers' firemarks

Insurers' firemarks
Just a few days before visiting the London Fire Brigade Museum, I was on Tooley Street in Southwark, the site of a devastating warehouse fire in 1861. After the 1861 fire, the local Southwark businesses decided to form their own fire insurance company. To reflect that the new insurer was a union of local commerce, it was named Commercial Union. In the 20th century, Commercial Union developed into one of the biggest insurers in Britain. In 2004, CGNU (Commercial General Norwich Union) changed its name to Aviva.

Another well-known British insurer is Legal & General, established as the firemark suggests, in 1836.

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