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Staking tawed leather at a leather factory, south London

Staking tawed leather at a leather factory, south London


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Staking tawed leather at a leather factory, south London

Workman staking tawed leather (stretching, smoothing and softening) at the Neckinger Mills leather factory, Bermondsey, south London. Date: 1842

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1840s 1842 Bank Bermondsey Bevington Conditions Leather Manual Manufacture Manufacturing Mills Process Processing Pull Pulling Skin Skins Smooth Smoothing Soften Stretch Stretching Workman Neckinger Softening Staking


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In this evocative image from the 1840s, a skilled workman meticulously stakes tawed leather at Neckinger Mills, a leather factory located in the heart of Bermondsey, South London. The year is 1842, and the early Victorian era is in full swing. The industrial revolution has transformed the landscape of Britain, and the manufacturing sector, including the leather industry, is thriving. The workman, dressed in typical working attire, is deeply focused on his task. He holds a large, curved tool in his hands, using it to press down on the tawed leather, which is spread out on a long table. The process of staking involves stretching, smoothing, and softening the leather to make it pliable and ready for further processing. The workman's deft movements are essential to ensure the leather maintains its desired texture and quality. The atmosphere in the factory is one of intense concentration and purpose. The large, open space is filled with the sounds of machinery and the rhythmic thudding of hammers on leather. The air is thick with the smell of tanned hides and the faint, metallic tang of the staking tools. The scene is a testament to the manual labor and craftsmanship that underpinned the industrial production of the 19th century. Despite the challenging conditions, the workman takes pride in his work. His expression is calm and focused, and his posture is confident and assured. The image offers a glimpse into the daily life of a leather worker during this period, providing a valuable record of the people and processes that shaped the industrial landscape of Victorian London.

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