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Butlers Wharf BB87_09741

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Filename: BB87_09741.jpg

Size: 5183 x 3680 (10.3MB)

Date: 20th May 2011

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: English Heritage Images

Owner URL: www.englishheritageimages.com

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Butlers Wharf BB87_09741

BUTLERs WHARF, Shad Thames, London. Crates of goods wrapped in straw for protection are unloaded in London and set on the conveyor belt to the warehouses. The small hut in the centre of the picture is probably where the overseer kept records of the cargo. From the Butlers Wharf Collection: some time before 1910 the Directors of Butlers Wharf Ltd, commissioned a series of photographs detailing aspects of the companys work

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EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative photograph captures the bustling activity at Butlers Wharf along the River Thames in London, circa early 1900s. The scene is filled with a sense of industry and efficiency as workers unload crates of goods from a ship, carefully wrapping them in straw for protection before placing them on the conveyor belt. The conveyor belt, a testament to the modernization of the time, leads to the warehouses in the background. At the heart of the action, a small hut stands out, likely serving as the overseer's office where records of the cargo were kept. The intricate details of the scene, from the workers' clothing to the crates and the hut, offer a glimpse into the past, providing a window into the everyday workings of this bustling waterfront area. Butlers Wharf, located in Shad Thames, was a hub of commercial activity during this era. The Directors of Butlers Wharf Ltd commissioned this series of photographs to document various aspects of the company's operations. This photograph, in particular, showcases the labor-intensive process of unloading and transporting goods, which was essential to the thriving economy of London during this time. The photograph, from the Butlers Wharf Collection, is a valuable historical record that transports us back to an era of hard work, innovation, and the relentless pace of commerce. The image invites us to reflect on the rich history of London's waterfront and the vital role that Butlers Wharf played in shaping the city's commercial landscape.

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