Arora as a Customer

As well as being a department of Messenger & Co., Ltd., the Arora Company was also a customer. When the new buildings were erected in 1920, the heating was naturally by one of Messenger’s own low-pressure hot water systems. Installed in March of 1920, the initial installation was one of the largest installed by Messenger’s at the time. It comprised of a No. 59 Quorn boiler, priced at £118, 150 yards of 5in. and 726 yards of 4in. hot water pipes[1]. Whilst Messenger’s maintained the heating system, there appears to have been no major expansion or alterations. Most of the subsequent work involved new fire bars, with new boiler sections being added in 1927, 1933, 1938 and 1944.[2] However, by 1946[3], the boiler now essentially 26 years old was beginning to show its age and was given a major overhaul, with as many new parts as was required, which included three new sections. Whilst the parts were prepared as early as February, the work appears not to have been carried out until August. The instructions for the fitters were to re-use as many parts as possible; even so the new boiler parts, alone, cost £111 15s. 6d. There must have also been problems with the stokery, because one of tasks carried out was “floor of stokery to be made good to prevent frame sinking[4].

In 1949, a hot-water supply was installed to the wash-hand basins in the toilets, using a 30-gallon galvanised cylinder with an electric immersion heater. The Arora Company supplied and fitted their own immersion heater, whilst Messenger’s sourced and installed the rest of the system[5].


References:

  1. Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Record Office ref: DE2121/58 and DE2121/68.
  2. Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Record Office ref: DE2121/59, DE2121/59, DE2121/60 and DE2121/61.
  3. Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Record Office ref: DE2121/62 and DE2121/72.
  4. Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Record Office ref: DE2121/72.
  5. Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Record Office ref: DE2121/62 and DE2121/72.