Apparently, the idea of bringing milk into London by rail was a novel idea at the time, and their were many cows kept in small sheds to give fresh milk - is this where people like Mrs Maxwell went for their morning milk?
I wonder if these guys were on their way to Barber's Yard?
Echo 8th Sept;
"WHAT THE MILKMEN SAW
James Wiltshire and Alfred Henry Gunthorpe, two milkmen in the employ of the Dairy Supply Company, Museum-street, Bloomsbury, were driving in separate carts through Hanbury-street early this morning. Wiltshire passed the thoroughfare at twenty minutes to six. He says, "There was no bother then, and no sign that a murder had been committed. There were people about, but I did not notice anyone in particular." Alfred Henry Gunthorpe passed through part of Hanbury-street into Brick-lane, shortly after, and he saw nothing of a suspicious character."
Holy moly! It actually was a dairy, in the middle of a city with no greenery around...
Where did th cows graze? What did they eat? Maybe slops from the brewery?
Mmm, tipsy milk.
Good find, Mr B.
Now, any idea where the slaughterers in Mitre Square were heading/leaving?
I imagine they were fed on hay, Joshua.
It sounds like the Mitre Square slaughtermen were heading towards Aldgate. On their way to work, I'd imagine. Interesting that they were wearing clearly identifiable protective clothing in the street. From what I've read, knackers also wore canvas suits and hats.
This group of men are standing outside a pub beside what would become HB's head office in Islington (at the time John Harrison's premises). Judging by the licensee's name, Henry Tomkins' dad was probably working there at the time. The two on the right look as if they might be dressed for a spot of knackering.
Last edited by MrBarnett : 09-01-2017 at 11:38 PM.