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The tragic death of Martin Walker: a Hackney Dustman

I first met Martin in 1977 when I was foreman plumber at the Defoe Road depot in Stoke Newington, Hackney. He was a plumbers mate on my team. He wasn’t a skilled man but he was essential to us plumbers … Continue reading

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Working in the 1970s

We nicknamed the huge treble extension ladder “Big Bertha” as it really was a beast with thirty rungs in each in each of its three sections, the bottom and middle section fitted with ropes and pulley wheels. In 1972 I … Continue reading

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