Liverpool Street Dining Club

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sammc0004
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Liverpool Street Dining Club

Post by sammc0004 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:01 pm

Hi Everyone,

I have inherited a lovely wall clock which was originally presented to my Great Grand Father on his retirement as the Chairman of the LNER Liverpool Street Dining Club in 1925. My Great Grand Father was Frank Buckland Nicks and worked as a surveyor, starting as an apprentice in 1889 for the London and North Western at Euston Station. Can anyone tell me more about the Liverpool Street Dining Club please? I have searched the internet but have found no information in the club. Any help greatly appreciated!

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Re: Liverpool Street Dining Club

Post by 65447 » Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:35 pm

I am not sure that you have the correct name, in that certain references I find relate to the Land Agent's Staff dinners or similar events. If you are prepared to purchase a copy of the digitised version of the GER Magazine, available through the GER Society (see below) and do a 'find' on the Acrobat files you will bring up a number of refences to the name Nicks that will offer more information. This magazine covers the period up to and just beyond 1925. The cost to non-members of the GERS is a very reasonable £15 plus p&p.

https://www.gersociety.org.uk/index.php ... r-magazine

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Re: Liverpool Street Dining Club

Post by sammc0004 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:00 pm

Hello and thanks for your reply.

I do have his name correct and as you will see from the image, the details on the clock's accompanying plaque confirm date of retirement.
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I will look into the digital GER offerings thanks, however would know where Liverpool Street Dining Club used to be located? Was it within the station?

Thanks

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Re: Liverpool Street Dining Club

Post by 65447 » Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:05 am

I was not challenging Mr Nicks name but that of 'Liverpool Street Dining Club', which I could not locate in any search. There was however as I stated dinners held by the Land Agent's staff, the Land Agents being only a small department. Below is an extracted report of their annual dinner which confirms that it was held at the associated hotel, better known as the Great Eastern Hotel. The 'dining club' was probably an informal and regular gathering of more senior members of the Land Agent's staff rather than any formal arrangement for the staff at Liverpool Street and they will have self-styled themselves as such.

Mr Parnwell was the Land Agent, who by virtue of circumstances took over from the GER's General Manager Sir Henry Thornton in October 1922, but failed dismally as the Divisional General Manager (Southern Area) under the LNER and left within a year or so.

ANNUAL DINNER OF THE LAND AGENTS STAFF.
THOSE who were fortunate enough to be present at the Annual Dinner of the Land Agent's Staff, held in the Cambridge Room of the Liverpool Street Hotel on Friday, December 8th, will agree that it was great. They are a talented crowd, those Land Agent's fellows, and I am not at all surprised that Mr. Parnwell who was in the Chair, should be proud of them. After a meal that did credit to the Hotel Department (enlivened at one stage by the appearance of a Highlander in full costume who swung round the room playing his bagpipes while others made an offering of haggis to Mr. Duncan Anderson) we listened to Mr. Nicks, as he proposed " The Chairman."

Great Eastern Magazine January 1923 p11

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