Thursday, 12 May 2016

#Plaque366 The Automobile Association

A London commemorative plaque for every day in 2016. 

The plaques are selected from all walks of life, and all points of the London compass – and I'm taking requests too!

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Where: Fleet Street

Commemorating: The first offices of the A.A

Not so very long ago, if I’d presented you with the fact that the A.A was founded in Fleet Street, you probably would have replied that Alcoholics Anonymous had found their spiritual home given the booze consumption of the old journos of that fabled street.

The A.A in question here, however, is the Automobile Association.

In 1903 the Motor Car Act came onto being – introducing a raft of motoring offences such as speeding. The A.A was founded in response to give “moral support” to motorists. One of their policies was to warn heavy-footed motorists of speed traps ahead on the road. This they did using bicycles. Ex-mayor Boris would be pleased.






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