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1905. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II BERMONDSEY--PARENTAGE, CHILDHOOD, AND
YOUTH (1821-1844) Kent, more particularly Thanet, and the Lewes
district of Sussex, were, during the eighteenth century, the
dwelling-places of Ebenezer Hooper's ancestry. A tradition existed
that the Hoopers had migrated from the West of England. Not only
that surname graven on the stones at St. Lawrence's, Ramsgate, or
at All Saints', Cliffe, Lewes, but the names Ayerst, Gouger,
Morris, and others related, linger in many a farmhouse, churchyard,
and town of these two southern counties. Early in the nineteenth
century business attracted some of them to the Metropolis, and
South London and other parts of Surrey became their homes. Thomas,
the father of Ebenezer Hooper, was apprenticed at Bermondsey to
learn the art and mystery of tanning, then a lucrative, restricted,
and protected trade. The premium was large. The duties were to work
with the men from 6 a.m. till evening) mostly in the open tanyard,
handling wet hides and skins, ' casting ' pits, and other laborious
work, in summer's heat and winter's cold, unless the latter was so
severe as to freeze even the tannic liquors and stop operations.
The privileges were: to work on later if occasion required; to
superintend weighing bark, etc.; occasionally to accompany the
master to Leadenhall leather market, and see the magnates of the
trade; and very occasionally in summer to get from 5 to 8 a.m., or
an afternoon off, to play cricket with relatives and apprentices at
Peckham Rye or Clapham Common, or ramble in the adjacent country.
As one witty cousin remarked, 'Our master believes that text, "It
is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth."' Bermondsey
was changing. Its medieval aspect had passed away, but fragments of
its famous abbey existed, and...
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