by: Robert Rogers
One of the most famous views in Stratford is the `Lavender Girls` on the side of Wharton House in Stratford High Street as you come from Bow.
Wharton house was built in 1937 as the factory and office of Yardley’s of London Ltd. Yardley’s who are manufactures of Perfumes and Cosmetics, opened their first factory in West Ham at Carpenters Road in 1903. They left Newham in 1966, but their Lavender Girls trademark can still be seen on the Building. Although known to all as the Lavender girls, the official name of the painting is ‘Flowersellers’, from a series of paintings by the English Artist; Francis Wheatley (1747-1801) called `Cries of London`.
The Building is being partly demolished, but the front part and painting will remain.