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I was out walking and passed the old London Leather Hide and Wool Exchange in Bermondsey (it’s now a pub). These reliefs, showing how leather was processed, were on the walls. It must have been the centre of the leather trade at one time as there are lots of streets, pubs, gardens etc with leather or tanner in the name. Thought people might like to see them.

 

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Thanks for these

For others, to educate them; in many English towns and especially so London, trades were grouped in certain areas, all workers in one type of trade were in one district,  eg the leatherworkers in one area, butchers in another, goldsmiths in another, and this is reflected today in the street names still existing

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really like those cheers. 

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Thanks for posting those are remarkable. 

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Yes, thanks!  I love the respect given to the trade.

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As a follow up to this, I looked up the website of the pub that it has become and under the ‘History’ tab it has pages from the May 1842 edition of the Penny Magazine. It has a fascinating article on leather processing and the trade in Bermondsey. You can find it at the following:

https://www.theleatherexchange.co.uk/

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