Why “Flag Store”?

Black & Edgington: purveyor of tents and flags

In the mid-1800s, Benjamin Edgington took over his father’s business manufacturing and selling tents, flags, banners, ship ropes, and decorations for public events. His company even supplied the camp equipment, sleeping, and tents to the infamous 1924 British Mount Everest Expedition.

Edgington’s tents were popular, and even enjoyed by the Queen and her guests in Windsor at Jubilee celebrations in 1875.

In 1898 he merged businesses with a colleague, and together they formed Silver Edington. The Silver Edgington association with Royal events led to them being awarded the contract for Henley Royal Regatta, a partnership that exists to this day.

Advertising envelope at Windsor Castle, 1852

In 1967, the business merged with Black’s of Greenock. This business, much like Edgington, manufactured sails, ropes, tents and — importantly — had a rental Division. The company eventually became known as Black & Edgington and developed a number of marquee rental depots across the UK.

Of interest to us is the “Benjamin Edgington Hire Ltd” depot based at SE1 — in the buildings where you stand today.

Black & Edgington left The Flag Store in the 1980s when the leisure industry lost popularity, but you can still come across the descendents of this brand each time you buy a Vango tent, or attend an event organised by Arena Group!

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