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Interior View of a Tannery

Interior View of a Tannery
Undated. Interior view of a tannery where six men, some wearing aprons, pause in their work for a photograph. In the foreground are heaps of hides, perhaps waiting to be processed. Machines with rollers are visible in the background, right. Nearest the camera is John Charles Hill who was born in 1890 in Kirkstead, Lincolnshire. His family moved to Leeds in the late 19th century and settled in the Woodhouse area. We would welcome any information as to which of the local tanneries this is. In another image (ID: 2012109_174080) John Charles Hill is pictured with other members of the "Bus Vale" Rugby League Football Club outside a beer house at number 240 Meanwood Road. The nearest tannery to this location would have been Broadhead & Conyers, curriers, known as Buslingthorpe Tannery. This was quite close, being situated between the junctions of Penraevon Place and Terrace and Jameson Street and Penraevon Grove and Avenue.

User Comments:

George Southern

I cannot say what the name of the tannery is in the picture but in the 1930s,together with workmates I was sent to Steads Tannery in Scott Hall Road to carry out repairs to the building. I was an apprentice joiner working for the Sheepscar firm of Banks Mawson. I do remember a large square 'vat' in the yard which was full of foul smelling liquid into which the raw hides were placed. Because of the smell it was said by some of my older mates that 'dog muck' was thrown into the vat. The inside of the tannery looked exactly as in the picture and I remember one of the tanners pointing to a pile of pelts stacked in a corner. He said that the pelts (or skins) were from Russia and could not be used as they were anthrax infected. Whether that was true or not, that was what he told me.




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