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London Building Equity Offices
Recently moved into their new offices in the Royal Exchange, Master Higgins and his staff offered a fairly new but increasingly popular service. Clients are greeted in the front office, where a clerk attends a long counter. Beyond this, two clerks worked, each at a large desk. Stairs along the left wall led upward, while two doors in the wall to the right led to private offices.
Here one could make all the arrangements necessary to carry out anything from a small renovation to the construction of a new home, including the financing arrangements. It was rumoured that Master Higgins was related to more than one of London’s goldsmiths, but what was certain was that his coin was good.
Tradesmen came and went through the back door, and need not disturb the office’s genteel clients. It was well known that Master Higgins kept a list of all of the best tradesmen in town.