TQ2573 : The former OK Sauce factory, Merton Road, Southfields

near to Wandsworth, Great Britain

The former OK Sauce factory, Merton Road, Southfields
The former OK Sauce factory, Merton Road, Southfields
From the architectural point of view, a curious building - which I think you'd have to describe as Art Deco Classical. The classical elements are definitely there: the overall 'rustication' (the joints in the masonry are emphasised by recessing them); the proportions of the windows (some with keystones); the friezes at cornice level, and the pediments rising above roof level at each end. The most blatant Art Deco details are to be found high up - the rounded pediments with their circular openings, and the projecting friezes.

The factory was built in the late 1920's, and produced condiments until 1969. It has long since been converted for other uses - currently offices. I have to add that I've known the building for almost as long as I can remember, having spent my childhood in this part of London.

As for OK Sauce, it is many, many years since I last tasted the stuff - but imagine the result you'd get if you liquidised Branston Pickle (still available, I believe) and you'll get the general idea.
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