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"Exploring the Rich History of Merchants: From HMS Worcester to Greenhithe, Kent" Step back in time and delve into the world of merchants with a visit to Greenhithe

Background imageMerchant Collection: HMS Worcester, Greenhithe, Kent

HMS Worcester, Greenhithe, Kent -- Merchant Navy training vessel. Date: circa 1946

Background imageMerchant Collection: 1935 Kings Silver Jubilee Fleet Review

1935 Kings Silver Jubilee Fleet Review
A panoramic view showing the berthing arrangements made for the Review of the Fleet at Spithead by King George V to celebrate his Silver Jubilee

Background imageMerchant Collection: Compass Drill, Training Ship Arethusa, Greenhithe, Kent

Compass Drill, Training Ship Arethusa, Greenhithe, Kent
A group of boys aboard the Training Ship Arethusa receiving compass instruction. The ship received boys aged 13-16 from a variety of poor backgrounds, including the workhouse

Background imageMerchant Collection: TS Arethusa, 1962

TS Arethusa, 1962
Photograph of the four-masted Training-Ship Arethusa, then used to train boys for the Royal and Merchant navies. Arethusa was launched in 1911

Background imageMerchant Collection: R Colin Snow coal merchants wagon, Barnburgh Colliery, South Yorkshire, 1961. Artist

R Colin Snow coal merchants wagon, Barnburgh Colliery, South Yorkshire, 1961. Artist
R Colin Snow coal merchants wagon, Barnburgh Colliery, South Yorkshire, 1961. Snows were one of the many coal merchants operating in the South Yorkshire area, selling locally mined coal

Background imageMerchant Collection: Knotting Class, Training Ship Arethusa, Greenhithe, Kent

Knotting Class, Training Ship Arethusa, Greenhithe, Kent
A group of boys aboard the Training Ship Arethusa receiving knotting and splicing instruction. The ship received boys aged 13-16 from a variety of poor backgrounds, including the workhouse

Background imageMerchant Collection: HMS Jervis Bay attacking the Admiral Scheer, Second Worl

HMS Jervis Bay attacking the Admiral Scheer, Second Worl
Illustration showing the Royal Navy armed merchant cruiser Jervis Bay (centre) steaming towards the German pocket-battleship Admiral Scheer, North Atlantic, November 1940

Background imageMerchant Collection: Poland, Greater Poland, Poznan, Old Town, Market Square

Poland, Greater Poland, Poznan, Old Town, Market Square

Background imageMerchant Collection: Merchant in a fur coat, 1920. Artist: Kustodiev, Boris Michaylovich (1878-1927)

Merchant in a fur coat, 1920. Artist: Kustodiev, Boris Michaylovich (1878-1927)
Merchant in a fur coat, 1920. Found in the collection of Regional W. Wereshchagin Art Museum, Mykolaiv

Background imageMerchant Collection: The Arnolfini Portrait by Van Eyck

The Arnolfini Portrait by Van Eyck
The Arnolfini Portrait. 1434. By Jan van Eyck (1394-1441). Oil on oak panel. National Gallery. London. Great Britain

Background imageMerchant Collection: Map of the extent of the Hanseatic League in about 1400

Map of the extent of the Hanseatic League in about 1400. The Hanseatic League was an alliance of about 100 north German towns and trading interests important in northern Europe from the 13th century

Background imageMerchant Collection: HMS Jervis Bay, armed merchant cruiser, WW2

HMS Jervis Bay, armed merchant cruiser, WW2
HMS Jervis Bay, an armed merchant cruiser which served during the Second World War. Launched 1922 (as a passenger ship), commissioned for war service 1939

Background imageMerchant Collection: BUSN2A-00012

BUSN2A-00012
Native Americans exchanging furs for goods at a Hudson Bay Company post. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut of a Frederic Remington illustration

Background imageMerchant Collection: Chaucers Canterbury Pilgrims on the road

Chaucers Canterbury Pilgrims on the road
* NOTE - FULL FILE IS A LONG PANORAMA - Preview split into 3 sections for ease of viewing * Chaucers Canterbury Pilgrims on the road reproduction of a painting by Stephen Reid (1873-1948) (from left)

Background imageMerchant Collection: Advert for United Kingdom Tea Company 1894

Advert for United Kingdom Tea Company 1894
Asian man pours tea from a china tea-pot. Date: 1894

Background imageMerchant Collection: MV Empire Windrush

MV Empire Windrush, best known for the arrival of West Indian immigrants at Tilbury Docks on 22 June 1948. Date: circa 1948

Background imageMerchant Collection: RMS Orvieto - Orient Line Steamer

RMS Orvieto - Orient Line Steamer
The Royal Mail Ship Orvieto was a steamer of the Orient Line engaged in the passenger trade between England and Australia

Background imageMerchant Collection: Lighthouse warning a clipper ship of dangerous shores

Lighthouse warning a clipper ship of dangerous shores
Sailing ship passing a lighthouse marking the way to home port, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMerchant Collection: South Street docks in New York City, 1870s

South Street docks in New York City, 1870s
Merchant ships unloading along South Street, New York City, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMerchant Collection: WW2 poster, The Merchant Navy was there

WW2 poster, The Merchant Navy was there! Merchant Navy Comforts Service. Date: 1940s

Background imageMerchant Collection: Horse-drawn cart for Trumans Brewery in Ashford, Kent

Horse-drawn cart for Trumans Brewery in Ashford, Kent
Delightful horse-drawn cart for Trumans Brewery in Ashford, Kent. Trumans Brewery (founded in 1666) of Brick Lane in the Spitalfields area of London eventually closed in 1989. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageMerchant Collection: The Eddystone Lighthouse of 1698

The Eddystone Lighthouse of 1698
Engraving of the Eddystone lighthouse, built by Henry Winstanley in 1698, which was destroyed in a storm in 1703. Winstanley, a London merchant

Background imageMerchant Collection: Sir John Brockett

Sir John Brockett
SIR JOHN BROCKETT of Brockett Hall, Hertfordshire : merchant trading with Spain. Date: 1538 - 1598

Background imageMerchant Collection: Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem

Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem
Marketplace in Jerusalem at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMerchant Collection: Bakers at their trade in the late Middle Ages

Bakers at their trade in the late Middle Ages
Bakers of York, showing their guild ordinances, England, 1590s. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction of an earlier illustration

Background imageMerchant Collection: Street scene, Carmarthen, Dyfed, South Wales

Street scene, Carmarthen, Dyfed, South Wales
A street scene in Carmarthen, the county town of Carmarthenshire, Dyfed, South Wales. The grocers shop on the left displays a large coffee pot on the corner of the building

Background imageMerchant Collection: Save Food Poster / Wwi

Save Food Poster / Wwi
Poster depicting a British soldier encouraging those on the home front to save food in response to food shortages due to German U-boat targeting of British merchant ships

Background imageMerchant Collection: Blackheath Goffer

Blackheath Goffer
To the Society of Goffers (golfers) At Blackheath Mr William Innes, merchant, plays golf on the heath. A caddy holds his clubs

Background imageMerchant Collection: London - Billingsgate Fish Market - Standing amid the catch

London - Billingsgate Fish Market - Standing amid the catch
Oh My Cod! London - Billingsgate Fish Market - Standing amid the catch. Date: circa 1908

Background imageMerchant Collection: Bleeding Heart Yard

Bleeding Heart Yard
Many small businesses, including a paper merchant, have their premises here

Background imageMerchant Collection: Morden College

Morden College
Built by sir John Morden, a Turkey merchant, circa 1700, to house decayed merchants and still providing a home for people in unfortunate circumstances

Background imageMerchant Collection: Sir Thomas Leigh

Sir Thomas Leigh
SIR THOMAS LEIGH London merchant, alderman and Lord Mayor in 1558

Background imageMerchant Collection: Scene from Shakespeares The Merchant of Venice

Scene from Shakespeares The Merchant of Venice
A scene from Shakespeares comedy, The Merchant of Venice, with Portia and other characters

Background imageMerchant Collection: Berry Bros and Rudd Wine Merchants, London, England, United Kingdom

Berry Bros and Rudd Wine Merchants, London, England, United Kingdom

Background imageMerchant Collection: T & W Farmiloe Limited - Rochester Row, Westminster, London

T & W Farmiloe Limited - Rochester Row, Westminster, London
The warehouses of T & W Farmiloe Limited - Rochester Row, Westminster, London. In 1914 the company were manufacturing of Lead, White Lead, Paint, Colour and Varnish, Glass

Background imageMerchant Collection: Berry Bros and Rudd Wine Merchants, London, England, United Kingdom

Berry Bros and Rudd Wine Merchants, London, England, United Kingdom

Background imageMerchant Collection: Carrack, a merchant ship of the late 1400s

Carrack, a merchant ship of the late 1400s
Armed Genoese carrack, a merchant ship of the 1400s and 1500s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMerchant Collection: Comic postcard, Outside the builders merchants

Comic postcard, Outside the builders merchants - man with bucket and toilet seat Date: 20th century

Background imageMerchant Collection: Street Merchant, 1888 (oil on canvas)

Street Merchant, 1888 (oil on canvas)
3076395 Street Merchant, 1888 (oil on canvas) by Deutsch, Ludwig (1855-1935); Private Collection; French, out of copyright

Background imageMerchant Collection: A water carrier, itinerant merchant posing with his equipment

A water carrier, itinerant merchant posing with his equipment
LSE4329501 A water carrier, itinerant merchant posing with his equipment, a kind of tank box and a container uses as a measure and cup, in Roustchouk (Romania)

Background imageMerchant Collection: Poster, Nil Simile, The Ladys Shoe

Poster, Nil Simile, The Ladys Shoe, sold by W F Heddon, Bridge Street, Carmarthen, Wales. Date: circa 1920

Background imageMerchant Collection: Sir Andrew Judde, Lord Mayor of London

Sir Andrew Judde, Lord Mayor of London
Sir Andrew Judd (or Judde, c.1492-1558), merchant, six times Master of the Skinners Company, Mayor of Calais and Lord Mayor of London. He founded a school in Tonbridge, Kent. Date: circa 1600

Background imageMerchant Collection: WW2 poster, Merchant Navy Comforts Service

WW2 poster, Merchant Navy Comforts Service
WW2 poster advertising the Merchant Navy Comforts Service, which organised parcels of food, drink, clothing and other comforts during the war. Date: 1940s

Background imageMerchant Collection: Spithead panorama, ships on south side

Spithead panorama, ships on south side
Panorama of the Coronation Review: the left-hand section, showing ships on the south side. A Spithead panorama, looking west: home fleet battleships headed by the Nelson foreign warships

Background imageMerchant Collection: Horse pulling coal delivery cart

Horse pulling coal delivery cart
Horse pulling a coal delivery cart of Joyner and Sons with two tradesmen riding on the cart. Date: 1930s

Background imageMerchant Collection: Indian Rice Merchants, Rangoon, Myanmar (Burma)

Indian Rice Merchants, Rangoon, Myanmar (Burma)
Indian Rice Merchants (Lakhmichand Manikchand) in Rangoon, Myanmar (Burma) - note the slightly cheeky bit of advertising by the Insurance Broker in the front row

Background imageMerchant Collection: John Julius Angerstein

John Julius Angerstein
JOHN JULIUS ANGERSTEIN Russian-English merchant, art collector and benefactor

Background imageMerchant Collection: Broad Quay, Bristol, c. 1760 (oil on canvas)

Broad Quay, Bristol, c. 1760 (oil on canvas)
2830936 Broad Quay, Bristol, c.1760 (oil on canvas) by British School, (18th Century); Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, UK; eBristol Museums, Galleries & Archives; Given by Mr A.W



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"Exploring the Rich History of Merchants: From HMS Worcester to Greenhithe, Kent" Step back in time and delve into the world of merchants with a visit to Greenhithe, Kent. This quaint town holds fascinating secrets that unravel the tales of trade and commerce. Begin your journey at HMS Worcester, where young apprentices once honed their skills on the Compass Drill. The Training Ship Arethusa also played a significant role in shaping future merchants in this maritime hub. Immerse yourself in art history as you admire "The Arnolfini Portrait" by Van Eyck. This masterpiece captures the essence life during its creation in 1434. Travel across borders to Poland's Greater Poland region, specifically Poznan's Old Town Market Square. Here, bustling marketplaces were frequented by ambitious merchants seeking new opportunities for growth and prosperity. TS Arethusa continued its legacy well into 1962, training generations of aspiring traders through Knotting Classes. These skills would prove invaluable as they navigated the ever-changing tides of commerce. Witness an iconic moment from World War II as HMS Jervis Bay fearlessly attacked the Admiral Scheer—an act emblematic ships turned war heroes when duty called. Marvel at historical maps showcasing the vast extent of the Hanseatic League around 1400—a powerful alliance that shaped European trade routes and influenced merchant practices for centuries to come. Join Chaucer's Canterbury Pilgrims on their road trip towards spiritual enlightenment—a diverse group including merchants who embarked on this famous pilgrimage alongside other social classes. Transport yourself back to 1894 with an advert for United Kingdom Tea Company—an enticing glimpse into how marketing strategies evolved over time to entice discerning customers with quality products. Finally, relive King George V's Silver Jubilee Fleet Review held in 1935—a grand spectacle celebrating Britain's naval might while acknowledging merchants' crucial role in sustaining the empire's prosperity.