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wherrymansweb
Sep-12-2012 @ 8:37 PM                           Permalink
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Can anyone help me with some mystery objects in this old photo taken on the Wensum off Drayton Road in Norwich?

http://riversidenorwich.blogspot.co.uk/

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Being outside a shoe factory, my guess would be animal
skins being prepared, perhaps oiled to make them
waterproof.

The racking at the back looks like it is a drier.Tanned
leather is usually a psty grey white colour befor it is
dyed ready for production.

He's fallen in the water!


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could well be 'greenhides' drying, we used  to have a proper tannery in Canterbury (and boy did it stink) and the hides after the basic tanning are a slightly greenish tinged cream colour. (we used to buy the rejects up at £10 a hide for making leather stuff for re-enactment). the tanning was done the proper way using oak galls and stale urine baths, and proper messy it was too.
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Totally agree with the previous posters. In the late 60’s I used to work in the east end of London. In the road that I worked there was a traditional tannery, I think it was called Braybrooks. On a summers day the smell was overpowering and boy the liquid that ran out into the road (no pavement or proper drains) used to rot the bottom of your car out while you watched. None the less it was a fascinating process to watch although doing it looked hard work.

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Fascinating. Thank you very much. I've updated the blog accordingly:

http://riversidenorwich.blogspot.co.uk/


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