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We are a small team of dedicated craftsmen and craftswomen who have been supplying the community, and indeed the nation, with our beautiful handmade beds, mattresses and accessories for thirty years from our familiar site in Great Western Road. Now, at short notice, with so far no offer of alternative premises, and no offer of storage space for our machinery and equipment, we suddenly have to depart on September 24! (This has now been reprieved until Jan 30, 2012). There is apparently no right of appeal. Originally Crossrail said they wanted the premises for office space, but it transpires that they want to demolish the whole site, and replace it with an electricity substation. This is a thriving business with a strong and faithful customer base. A sad loss to the area, to say nothing of the loss to the people who have nurtured it for all these years. We bought a 40year lease from Network Rail in the early '80s, which still has eleven years to run. We employ several local people in our showroom and workshops and have become an intrinsic part of the community. Our building, though not listed, is of considerable historic interest. It is a pretty Edwardian structure with stained glass windows. It was built by The Temperance Society in 1901 as a coffee shop for the railway workers, presumably in an attempt to discourage them from the gin! It is visited throughout the year by groups of railway history enthusiasts from around the country and abroad. It's such a famous local landmark that it is even a "point" in The Knowledge.

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