coat; fishporter's jerkin

Fish arrives at Billingsgate market by sea, rail, road or air. The backbreaking work of the fish porters makes the market function. Traditionally there were 240 porters at Billingsgate, all of whom started their day at 5 am, moving the fish samples from the delivery vehicles to the merchants' stands. Later they would move more fish from supply lorries to customers' vans. This leather jerkin was worn by George Tabor, a fish porter of Billingsgate market. It is lined with blue and green twilled wool and has centre front fastenings.
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