An interesting reference to Pickfords’ long history can be found in the Telegraph this week.
The world has speculated on the identity of the notorious murderer, Jack the Ripper for over 100 years. The perpetrator of the grizzly murders in London’s east end at the end of the century, was never caught. On the 100 year anniversary of the first murder, authors Christer Holmgren and Edward Stow have put forward the theory that Jack could have been a cart man, (a modern day driver or porter or removals man) who was found at the scene of the first murder. It is noted in the official evidence that the cart man, Charles Cross was on his way to Pickfords’ depot in Broad Street at about 3am, when he found the mutilated body of Polly Nichols – so he could have worked for Pickfords at the time. ( Branches must have opened later in those days!). Although found at the scene, Cross did not seem to come under much interrogation from the police at the time, though it is noted be provided a false name.
An interesting theory, though there have been many suggestions for the culprit over the last one hundred years including Prince Albert Victor, the grandson of Queen Victoria, and Sir William Gull, the Queen’s doctor.
A fascinating article below
Pickfords recognises excellent customer service each month by awarding a ‘Moving with Quality’ award to one customer champion. The award recognises excellent service to a removal man (or woman) who goes the extra mile for his (or her) customers. In August, Stephen Millar at Pickfords Glasgow branch was recognised for averting a serious road accident when he recently moved a family to Carstairs.
Stephen’s customer had parked at the house with his two children still inside the car. The customer jumped out of the car and went into the house to get something, leaving his children still in their seatbelts. Stephen was outside the house and realised that the customer’s car was moving on a slight gradient with the children still inside it. He quickly ran over to the car and opened the door, but was unable to locate the hand brake because it was a switch on the dashboard. Unperturbed, he then decided to try and stop the car by brute force using his feet and hands. Single handedly, in addition to stopping the car, Stephen managed to steer the car away from another vehicle in the drive (by turning the steering wheel from the outside of the car) and prevented what could have been a very serious accident.
This definitely was not usual practice in the day of a life of a removal man and highlight’s Stephen’s quick thinking. Congratulations to Stephen, he is a credit to Pickfords.