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The Automobile Association

 
 
Automobile Association Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 15, 2017
1. Automobile Association Marker
Inscription.
The Automobile Association opened
its first office in this building in the
year 1905.

This plaque was unveiled on the 28th June 1965 by
the Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of London,
Sir James Miller, D.L., LL.D., to mark the
Diamond Jubilee of the Automobile Association.

 
Erected 1965.
 
Location. 51° 30.826′ N, 0° 6.649′ W. Marker is in City of London, England. Marker is at the intersection of Fleet Street and Chancery Lane, on the right when traveling east on Fleet Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19 Fleet Street, City of London, England EC4P 4DR, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The George (about 180 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Edgar Wallace (about 180 meters away); The Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor (about 210 meters away); Francis Barber (about 240 meters away); The Daily Express (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); All the Year Round, conducted by Charles Dickens (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); The Standard (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in City of London.
 
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The Automobile Association Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 15, 2017
2. The Automobile Association Marker - Wide View
The marker is visible to the left of the doorway.
 The Automobile Association (Wikipedia). The Automobile Association was founded in 1905, to help motorists avoid police speed traps, in response to the Motor Car Act 1903 which introduced new penalties for breaking the speed limit, for reckless driving with fines, endorsements and the possibility of jail for speeding and other driving offences....By 1906, the AA had erected thousands of roadside danger and warning signs, and managed road signage until responsibility was passed to local authorities in the early 1930s. By 1926, the organisation had installed 6,500 direction signs, and 15,000 village signs, most of which were removed during the Second World War....In 1908, the organisation published its first AA Members' Special Handbook containing a list of nationwide agents and repairers...In 1910, the organisation introduced AA Routes and in 1912, began inspecting hotels and restaurants, issuing AA Star Classification to those deemed to be of sufficient quality and introduced pre purchase and post accident repair checks in the 1920s....In 1920, members were issued with keys to roadside wooden telephone boxes which could be used to call the organisation for assistance (the boxes began to be erected in 1912 as shelters for watchmen or patrolmen). There were almost 1,000 boxes in their heyday, and they remained in use until the 1960s....1949 saw the launch of a night time breakdown and recovery service, initially in London only, then extended nationally. The AA Insurance brokerage service was started in 1967....In February 1972, the AA relocated from its central London offices to Basingstoke. (Submitted on December 6, 2017.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 6, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 68 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 6, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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