Where was the nearest Tannery?

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Where was the nearest Tannery?

Post by Falkor »

Did Lewisham or any surrounding parishes have one in historical times? How common were they? When did most die out - 18th, 19th or 20th centuries?

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Re: Where was the nearest Tannery?

Post by Lois »

They are mentioned here at APA8 Deptford Creek
Not sure if that's of any use to you
http://www2.lewisham.gov.uk/lbl/plannin ... dule3.html

But I think that Bermondsey is the place for tanneries.

Also the simple search "Tanneries" on the British Newspaper Archive site with no filters comes up with the following list of articles by date:

1700-1749 (4)

1750-1799 (261)

1800-1849 (2,320)

1850-1899 (24,480)

1900-1949 (19,348)

1950-1999 (609)

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Re: Where was the nearest Tannery?

Post by RobC »

Tanneries were quite common even until recent times. I remember one being surveyed by GLIAS in a back street in Walworth in the early eighties.

There was one at Deptford Bridge up to the 1850s, with a wind-powered bark mill attached; there was also one at Crayford, water-powered, demolished in the 50s. I think the problem with them in city areas is that the drying sheds took up so much space, in a time where space was increasingly charged at a premium.

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