Tradition marking end of cooper's apprenticeship - he is rolled around workshops in barrel!
Trussing the cooper at Spitalfields, London.
Interior coopers' workshop. M/S men hammering at barrel. M/S men cleaning barrel as steam rises from it. M/S man picking at iron ring he is holding. M/S barrel being lifted revealing a fire underneath. M/S workers watching.
High angled shot bunch of high spirited coopers putting man who has finished apprenticeship into barrel. M/S pile of sawdust being emptied into barrel onto apprentice. Coopers stand around barrel hitting at sides. M/S two coopers shouting and laughing. M/S bags of flour being emptied into barrel. M/S man in barrel., his head is being brushed with a wet mop. M/S cooper applauding. M/S barrel being rolled over floor of workshop with cooper inside M/S young girl laughing.
M/S men helping cooper apprentice out of barrel. They then toss him into the air. M/S man and woman clapping. M/S cooper handing new cooper glass of beer. M/S grimy cooper apprentice drinking his beer and smiling.
Unlucky apprentice shown is named as Gordon Wright of Bromley, Kent.
Note: letter from coopers Truman, Hanbury and Buxton Co. and newspaper article on file.