GIHS was sent a query about the Greenwich Park Bandstand - this had been to a number of people and organisations - here is the response from one of our members - Barbara Holland
(and thanks Barbara. Hope this is ok.)
Greenwich Park Bandstand - Deane and Company
A question has been raised regarding why the name Deane & Co. is stamped into the columns of the bandstand in Greenwich Park when it has been generally accepted that it was made by the Coalbrookdale Company. I have done some research into Deane & Co., and based on this have proposed two theories that might throw some light on this ‘mystery’.
In 1853 the firm won a bronze medal for a fowling piece at the New York Exhibition, and in 1855 a Prize medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition ("carabines, rifles et fusils de chasse, pistolet et revolver").
The hardware and ironmongery side of the business continued to trade successfully from 46 King William Street until 1890, but the gunmaking part was sold in 1873. The Deane’s had sold up by 1890 to retire, and the site acquired by the City & South London Electric Railway Company for the building of the King William Street Station. This was the northern terminus of the world’s first deep-level underground electric railway which ran from Stockwell and had 6 stations. The station opened on 18th December 1890, closing in 1900 when the line was extended to Moorgate.