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Pay day, Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames BB87_09666

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Filename: BB87_09666.jpg

Size: 5140 x 3676 (5.7MB)

Date: 17th July 2007

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

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Pay day, Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames BB87_09666

Pay day at Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames, London. A line of workmen collect their wages from a hatch, while a security guard looks on. Photographer unknown, c.1910

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Pay Day at Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames, London: A Snapshot of Edwardian Worklife This evocative photograph, captured around the turn of the twentieth century, offers a glimpse into the daily routine of the working class in Edwardian London. Titled "Pay Day at Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames," the image depicts a line of workmen, dressed in their grubby work clothes and hats, gathered around a hatch, eagerly awaiting their weekly wages. The scene exudes a palpable sense of anticipation and relief, as the men collect their hard-earned earnings, providing a vital source of financial security for their families. The photograph was taken at Butlers Wharf, located on the south bank of the River Thames in the Shad Thames area of London. At the time, this area was a bustling hub of industry, with numerous wharves, warehouses, and workshops employing thousands of laborers. The image captures the raw energy and determination of the working class, who labored long hours in often dangerous conditions to contribute to the city's economic growth. A security guard stands watchfully nearby, ensuring order and maintaining the separation between the workers and their wages. His stern expression and imposing presence serve as a reminder of the strict hierarchies and regulations that governed the lives of the working class during this period. Despite the challenges they faced, the men in this photograph display a sense of camaraderie and solidarity, united in their shared experience of waiting for their pay. This photograph, taken by an unknown photographer around 1910, offers a poignant and authentic portrayal of life in Edwardian London. It serves as a testament to the resilience and determination of the working class, who played a crucial role in shaping the city's history and identity.

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