Dry Plate – A building site

Heres another dry plate neg from a recent batch of purchases. This one is of a building site in Swanwick, Derbyshire dated August 1914, attributed to  J. Walker.

Lots going on here, what exactly the whole story is, who knows? And thats what I like about it.

The relaxed attitude to health and safety for one…


Ibstock Bricks…. “One of the major brick producers in the country today, Ibstock was founded in the village of Ibstock, Leicestershire from where it took it’s name & it is still the home of the companies headquarters. Registered as Ibstock Collieries in 1899, brickmaking had taken place on it’s original site since 1830. As the name suggests, Ibstock Collieries mainly mined coal as well as quarrying some clay for brickmaking, but as time went by the company then concentrated on producing bricks. Today the company produces around 900 million bricks per year at it’s 24 UK plants, employing 1960 people & is now part of the CRH Group based in Dublin. ” details from East Midlands Named Bricks website.


Hmmm…. Water or Ale? too big of a bottle for Gin…… I hope.


Builder fashion….



And I love the things that creep into the edges of the frame. This young lad and his scooter….


The full view.