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The butcher’s bike

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Butcher's bike, east Boldon, near South Shields

Keeping old traditions alive

George Pickings is the traditional butcher in the village of East Boldon on the southern outskirts of South Shields, although the village is not quite as rural as it used to be before South Shields grew and grew in the 1950s, although it still retains it’s traditional village look and feel.

The old “boneshaker” bicycle makes good advertising outside of his shop window, but I doubt if it gets used much to deliver parcels of meat and sausages to his customers these days (I could be wrong!)

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 55mm lens, 1/30 second, f11, iso 400



Written by curly

March 16, 2008 at 12:01 am

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  1. I am a resident of East Boldon and it is a pleasure to walk or drive past this old butcher’s shop, with its oozing charm and character

    S Wilson

    March 16, 2008 at 12:36 am

  2. I love the photo and your description. A boneshaker bicycle, incidentally, has pedals affixed directly to the front wheel like on modern tricycles.


    March 16, 2008 at 6:28 am

  3. Great photo. A good reminder of what Britain has lost down the years.


    March 16, 2008 at 11:36 am

  4. These are still around over here but none for delivery of any kind. I see some now and then on our bike path. Usually brought out of retirement by some older folk who got the itch to ride. You usually only see them once.

    Abraham Lincoln

    March 16, 2008 at 12:59 pm

  5. Looks like Fritz is up on his bicycles!
    Every month I get a British Magazine called Country Living.
    It is full of little places like this.
    I like to look at the pictures and daydream!


    March 16, 2008 at 8:52 pm

  6. What an efficient way to make deliveries. I really like the wicker basket on this classic. Thanks for posting this photo!


    March 17, 2008 at 7:07 am

  7. And then those saws in the window shop!


    March 17, 2008 at 9:08 am

  8. Sixty years ago, I used to deliver the Evening Paper in Wiltshire on a bicycle like this. One of my teachers used to call me “the boy with the cow-horn handled bicycle”.


    March 17, 2008 at 1:21 pm

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