. Hatcher Bros was a haulage firm based next door at No 9 Tanner Street.
Post by tedyboy
Hatcher's were an old established haulage company. I think they were based in Tanner Street. When I was very young (late 1940's) I remember seeing their hoses being exercised on the bombsites around Whites Grounds here my grandparents lived. The horses would be released a few yards from the open ground and would run toward it creating sparks with their shoes on the cobbled street adjacent to The Yorkshire Grey pub. Another fond memory was that, as lorries began to replace horse drawn transport, the lorry drivers would help the horses up the long climb onto Tower Bridge by settling their bull bar against the wagon's tailboard and sharing the weight. Hatcher's were still operating at least into the sixties plying their trade in the London docks.
Post by gabbler1955
Hatcher's yard had an entrance in both Whites Grounds and Tanner Street. I lived in Whites Grounds Estate and you could see through to Tanner Street. I often saw the horse-drawn "flat bed" trucks going in and out as a boy. They had stables just past the entrance to the park on the left in Bermondsey Street (past the row of shops with Dobsons bakers on the corner of Tanner St / Bermondsey St) going towards Long Lane. I think that they had stables just past Nicki Nastri's in Morocco Street / Leathermarket St as well.
Post by Trevboy 2011.
I remember Hatchers did they start out in bermondsey street in a small yard, I recall stories from my mum about Tommy Hatcher he bought out my grandads business carting coal by horse and cart. the story goes that my grandad would not believe that if you like the horseless carraige would not take over the old horse and cart so he sold up. I also believe that Hatchers later became part of the Hays Wharf set up. Please can you throw any light on this I believe my grandads name was Jim Smith.
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