Hanratty’s Scrap Yard

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Hanrattys Scrap Yard, Whitehaven

Rag & Bone:

Each week, I will post a photograph as part of a challenge from the Daily Post – you are invited to participate. This week, the challenge is entitled, Unusual!

Please show me your interpretation of the subject by adding a comment, with a link to your Website post, Facebook photo, Flickr image, etc.

For this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge, please post a photo that is unusual in some way for you, whether it be through technique, by subject, or in some other unique way. This theme is wide open to interpretation because only you know what is unusual to you.

Marine Store:

For this weeks challenge, I have decided to dig into my archive and have pulled out a photo of a scene in my home town from September 2011. On the surface, the photo might not appear to be unusual, but for me as a youngster, I always thought of the scrap yard as a pretty unusual institution, especially having grown up watching the fervent comedy, Steptoe & Son on TV.

In 2011, Hanratty’s scrap metal dealers signed over their land in a deal to make way for a £20m office development in Whitehaven. The business had been setup in Egremont in 1900, and then transferred to their Whitehaven location, on Albion Street in 1915.

Back then, the rag & bone type of facility was known as a marine store. Every port had one. Among the things they handled were ropes. A busy port, such as Whitehaven meant they could be salvaging four tonnes of rope a week.

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