A Billingsgate Porter and his barrow: 1958

Bob Collins

 
A Billingsgate Porter and his barrow: 1958
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 22cm

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Around 5 in the morning, a porter pulls his loaded barrow, assisted by a 'pusher upper', outside Billingsgate Market. He is moving fish from delivery vehicles to the merchants' stands on the trading floor, a task known as 'shoring in' in reference to the old practice of carrying fish ashore from boats once moored at Billingsgate Wharf. Another porter carries a load on his traditional flat-topped bobbin hat.

© Estate of Bob Collins/Museum of London

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