This 1993 article on Ever Ready gives some more information about this research facility & the failings of the company - it seems like they wanted to carry on making money out of Zinc Carbon batteries when the world was moving on to alkaline:
"There were loud complaints at the time, but it is difficult now to find anyone who criticises the decision to decimate the R & D operation. The powerful London centre had been run by Frank Tye. He was 'a technical god with an international reputation', a former manager says, but was more interested in the academic than the practical side of battery development. 'We were getting more and more knowledge about fewer and fewer topics,' the manager says. 'We ended up knowing everything about nothing.'"
There's a history of the corner plot here. It was used as part of St Ann's Hospital till 1904. Then from 1914 to 1928 it was Boyd's piano factory. From 1955 to 1980 it was Ever Ready Central Labs. Finally in the late 1980s or early 1990s, the flats that stand there today were built.
Yes a Doodle Bug did damage the Eveready Factory and I remember it well bacause on that night I was watching the Bugs dropping elsewhere and saw the one that hit the Eveready,!!!!!!!
Thanks. Do you remember how much damage was done?