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Old 19th October 2011, 16:46
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Britannic House in Moor Lane

This old BP HQ is now know as City Point. I chanced to visit a bar called Amber last week which must occupy space that was the old BP restaurant. Very noisy with a 70's disco floor!
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Old 19th October 2011, 17:32
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Ah Satannic House! 8th floor, been there a few times, and in the early days used to have to muster in the foyer prior to flying out somewhere or other. Happy Days.
I remenber a lot of concern, about BPTC employees there after the Moorgate Disaster. No BP employee was hurt as I recall.

http://www.amber-bar.co.uk/gallery/groovy.html
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Is that the same place as the postcode has changed!

It used to be: Britannic House, Moor Lane, London EC2Y 9BR

but this place is: City Point, 1 Ropemaker Street, London, EC2Y 9AW


Not being familiar with London .. I am probably wrong!
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Old 19th October 2011, 17:56
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Is that the same place as the postcode has changed!

It used to be: Britannic House, Moor Lane, London EC2Y 9BR

but this place is: City Point, 1 Ropemaker Street, London, EC2Y 9AW


Not being familiar with London .. I am probably wrong!
Britannic House, Moor Lane, London EC2Y 9BR
That's the address I remember as well, I expect Britannic House had several post codes and a couple of street addresses as well, I'm trying to remember the telephone number, it was a long time ago though...... 01 920 6750!! What a Memory!!
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Old 19th October 2011, 20:09
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Spent a few weeks working in Britannic house in approx 1982 or thereabouts prior to joining the Iolair in the builders yard.
Can remember the restaurant etc in the basement reached via escalators and also the staff bar, cannot remember what floor it was on but definately can remember the drinks prices! Far cheaper than the hotel we were staying in at the time. Needless to say you can guess where many of our early evenings were spent!
On one of the evenings in question when leaving the bar to return to the hotel a "member" of our party, another Iolair crew member managed to miss the revolving door out of the office foyer and walked straight through the glass window at the side of it!
Luckily he was uninjured and a little embarrassed! He was even more embarrassed the following day when he was called into the managers office and warned as to his conduct when on secondment to the office. He was subsequently banned from the bar until we joined the Iolair. He will remain nameless, I will leave it to him if he frequents this forum and wishes to comment!
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Old 19th October 2011, 23:55
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When I left the British Tanker Company in 1961,the address was Britannic House, Finsbury Circus, London. EC2.

When did they move?
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When I left the British Tanker Company in 1961,the address was Britannic House, Finsbury Circus, London. EC2.

When did they move?
I think it was about the time I joined the company, around 67/68 I think. Sir Maurice Bridgeman was the No 1 boss of BP at that time. I never met him of course, but he looked like a real old time "City Gent" Bowler, Brolly & Briefcase type.
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Always remember that during visits to Britannic House one was given 'LUNCHEON VOUCHERS' (remember them?) ... to use in the restaurant.

Had to make several weekly visits there in October 74 when I left the Energy in RAK with a slipped disc in my neck!
Weekly trips up to BH from Devon, 1st class rail travel, taxi to meet me at Paddington Station etc ... all for about 40 mins radio therapy massage to my neck! Lunch, then a taxi back to the station and 1st class travel back to Devon.

All organised by a lady called Pam Muller I seem to remember.
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Pam Muller, theres a name from the past.
She was for quite a time the ship appointer for Leckies and possibly r/o's.
Had a really "sexy" telephone voice and when she offered you a ship you could hardly "turn it" down.
A really lovely lady and when I met her in the office discovered she was unfortunately confined to a wheelchair.

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Old 20th October 2011, 18:04
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That's the lady .... she met me the first time I had to attend physio, on the entrance steps and with crutches.

The voice was very misleading!
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Thought Pam was a very nice person, needed to be dealing with us lot.
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Old 20th October 2011, 21:10
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BP HQ went from Finsbury Circus to Moor Lane/Ropemaker Street and is now at 1 St James Square just behind Pall Mall.

I remember Pam she looked after R/O's and was always very helpful
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I remember Pam, I met her a few times on visits to the office. A smashing lady for who nothing was too much trouble.

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Although I haven't actually got any of the letters from her, I have one of the appointment letters from the Welfare Department .. so I wonder if she ended up working for them?
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[QUOTE=David Campbell;545472]When I left the British Tanker Company in 1961,the address was Britannic House, Finsbury Circus, London. EC2.

Thats about my time too (1955/62), I lived in SW London at the time and remember going from Waterloo station on the one stop amazing 'Bank' subway line with its controlled lines to the train doors. The people packed in like sardines

Vaguely remember something like 'River Plate House', what was that all about?

I recently read somewhere that the 'Fiennes' family, 3rd Baronet Ranulph Fiennes ( the world adventurer and slightly 'disgraced' SAS soldier) 'own the area'
I believe Finsbury is a corruption of Fiennesbury, or is it the other way round?

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Old 22nd October 2011, 08:34
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7-11 Finsbury Circus is River Plate house and that was the BP HQ. Finsbury Circus at the moment is a enormous building site as they sink a shaft down for the construction of Cross Rail.

After working for BP both at sea and ashore, I now find myself working in an office 5 minutes walk from both buildings.
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I remember going down to 'Panic house' for my first interview. They put me up in the seamans mission. I was a wet ahind the ears 16 year old school boy. Now that was an eye opener, Can anyone remember the name of the street the mission was on? I know it was a short bus ride from BH.

The interview process took all day including a 3 hour medical.
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I can also remember staying at the seamans mission prior to my interview at Britannic house. Can not remember the address.
From what I remember the morning was taken up with various tests including mechanical aptitude tests and also an interview.
After lunch those that had passed the tests were asked to stay and take a medical followed by an interview where we were offered jobs.
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Yes I stayed at the mission, I even bought a postcard of the place and still have it. It was called Anchor House and on the back it only gives the postcode as E16.
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Down at Custom House, just off the docks?
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They put us poor prospective cadets into the Merchant Navy Hotel, which I have just seen closed in December 2002-

http://www.mnwb.org/index.php/news-r...mber-2002.html

.. then we had to make our own way to Britannic House, which, if I remember, was closest to Moregate station on the Circle Line.
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Old 23rd October 2011, 17:36
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Anchor house is now a lifeskills centre for the homeless.
Lots about the history of the building built in 1962 on the anchor house website.
http://anchorhouseuk.org/

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I stayed in a Seamans Mission when I went for my interview, I'm sure it was in Plaistow.

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They put us poor prospective cadets into the Merchant Navy Hotel, which I have just seen closed in December 2002-

http://www.mnwb.org/index.php/news-r...mber-2002.html

.. then we had to make our own way to Britannic House, which, if I remember, was closest to Moregate station on the Circle Line.
I stayed in the MN hotel, Lancaster Gate, on subsequent visits to HO, it wasn't too bad from what I remember.

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Old 23rd October 2011, 22:10
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There is also the Flying Angel Mission at 287 Victoria Dock Road, London E16, a former seaman’s mission serving sailors using the Royal Docks. It was in use until 1973 as a hostel and then became the Angel Hostel Merchant Navy College. It is currently being converted into ‘social housing residential units’ by a Housing Association.
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