Queuing for work at Butler's Wharf, London

A system of casual employment was operated in London docks whereby men would queue up to be taken on each day. This was unpopular, but continued well into the 20th century. Large numbers were required when trade was good because almost all the work of moving and loading goods was done by hand.


Greater London Southwark


Edwardian (1902 - 1913)



work men industry dock wharf trade gate boy clothing Edwardian (1902 - 1913)