Just a small filler project to sit between the Stables and Greyhound Place at Bricklayers Arms. Bermondsey was the centre of the London leather trade chosen because it was sufficiently south of the Thames for the inevitable stench not to trouble the great and the good, notwithstanding the fact that at that time they had their own stinking cess-filled river to contend with. Apparently, at their peak, the tanneries of Bermondsey supplied one third of all the leather in the country.
I chose to reproduce a section of Alfred Hunt's chemical works as it can be interpreted as such or perhaps the back wall of an actual tannery. Either way it plugs a gap and provides a relevant talking point. The building itself is embossed styrene or 'Plastikard', the dray and 'Old Sal' are Dart castings (excellent quality), and the figure is an old Airfix US Marine with his hat filed down and a tissue paper leather apron. The rope for the hoist typically runs round a small pulley and disappears inside the building. I can image it was then tied to a small Victorian boy or two depending on the load!
There's still a bit of work to do in terms of bedding in the building itself, a bit of dirt and detritus to add. The only picture I have so far of 'Old Sal' the horse is temporarily posed in from of the stables so I've included that as well. A wider shot beckons when all is stuck down and weathered in.
Better get those barrels in before it chucks it down...!