Potted History

By mrswoolybill
Here's a little story that I came across when I was looking for local pictures a couple of months ago.
This plant pot sits in a garden just a few minutes from our house.
You can see, I think, that it's a cut above your average garden centre job. It's huge, cast iron, with very pleasing lines.
It started life as a cooking pot in the Tyneside Soup Kitchens of the 1930s Depression. The Jarrow Marchers may well have eaten from it.
Not a fantastic photo, and I didn't want to try anything fancy with it. But this is simply posted as a reminder to look out for what's on your own doorstep. You may find surprises...
It's upload-and-run this morning, we're off to the Peak District. Normal service will be resumed in a week or so.
I'm hoping for lots of pictures. But don't expect any sunrises on Curbar Edge. I do not go on holiday in order to get up at dawn!
Thanks for looking, and have a great weekend.

Tags: Photo journalism Depression General Cauldron Tyneside Cooking Soup kitchen Cooking vessel

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JudeC Plus
10 6 3 England
15 Sep 2007 7:59AM
Have a great time in the Peak District - look forward to seeing your photos - JudeC

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Buffalo_Tom Plus
11 2.3k 9 Wales
15 Sep 2007 8:02AM
Yes have a great time and an excellent image from the local Historian.
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
15 Sep 2007 8:05AM
Unusual plant pot to be sure! Have a great holiday Moira and Bill.

15 Sep 2007 8:18AM
Love the story behind this one Smile

Hope the weather stays good for you,
15 Sep 2007 8:20AM
Enjoy your holiday, like the image,
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2007 8:24AM
Interesting pot
Enjoy your holiday
imagio Plus
11 12 1 England
15 Sep 2007 8:42AM
Interesting Moira, happy hols

AngelaR Plus
13 155 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2007 8:59AM
Wonderful piece of history Moira - have a great time in the Peaks. Look forward to seeing who and what you spot there!
15 Sep 2007 9:17AM
A great piece of history and nice shot.
Have a super holiday in the Peaks. Find some good crusty characters for us all to see.
ChristineL 12 39 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2007 9:32AM
I'm enjoying a local mooch myself at the moment, it's a refreshing change and you meet people.
A great looking pot Moira, it would go nicely with my black cat and suit my character ( or so I'm told Smile ), nice capture,
glyndwr Plus
10 66 10 Wales
15 Sep 2007 9:35AM
Great story, have a nice holiday.

Hop-A-Long Plus
10 52 1 England
15 Sep 2007 9:39AM
Have a nice holiday. Great shot and story. Looks like a witches cauldron.
AlanBW Plus
11 20 England
15 Sep 2007 9:43AM
Fascinating tale and image - have a lovely holiday
imander Plus
10 388 7 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2007 9:46AM
enjoy your break....in my lounge i have a huge umbrella plant which i think is in an unusual pot...my freind made it for me....its a car tyre which has been cut and turned inside out,,,when it is done properly it looks like a giant urn....i shall have to upload a picture of it before people think i live in a scrap yard..lol..it is really effective and you really wouldn't believe it was a tyre........sorry for rambling just thought i'd mention it as it seems to go with your upload..
Rogerex Plus
11 32 12 Australia
15 Sep 2007 10:10AM
An interesting pot with an interesting history. I agree about looking locally for picture subjects. We are so familiar with our surroundings that we often miss photo opportunites. It is like the quote I have in my pf: "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes" (Marcel Proust).
Looking forward to seeing your sunrise pics. Dawn is the best time of the day, although I must admit I often miss seeing it.
mikbee Plus
10 3 8 Scotland
15 Sep 2007 11:08AM
I always think it makes a difference with a bit of history behind the pic.Interesting that the Jarrow marchers may have eaten out of it.Have a nice holiday and I look forward to your pics.
riprap007 Plus
13 1.6k 37 England
15 Sep 2007 11:40AM
have a great Peak time Smile

Echo Roger with the Proust too
TyChee Plus
13 275 1 United States
15 Sep 2007 12:19PM
Great capture and story.
15 Sep 2007 12:41PM
nice story and composition
Joline Plus
11 29 53 United States
15 Sep 2007 12:45PM
Good find Moira...have a lovely holiday, I'm sure we'll see some fascinating observations.
SandraKay Plus
10 233 4 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2007 12:46PM
Gosh, they must have made a lot of soup! A bit like a witch's cauldren and perfect for a garden plant pot.
Hope you have a lovely break.
Mounters Plus
11 85 2 England
15 Sep 2007 1:43PM
Have a great break
summ3r Plus
11 26 1 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2007 4:46PM
Amazing how much history is right on your doorstep, great image
danbrann Plus
13 636 17
15 Sep 2007 6:19PM
You're never at home woman... enjoy your break and take care. This is an extremely interesting picture because of its content but I'm not sure that the pot and its history wouldn't be better suited in a museum like the Dicovery or something like that.
15 Sep 2007 6:55PM
How fantastic Moira....I must get out more to see what I can find in my village.
Reminded me a bit of Hubble Bubble Toil & Trouble....the witches cauldren.
Enjoy your break.
15 Sep 2007 8:45PM
Have a great time Moira and Bill - you leave with a provocative message!

dianah Plus
11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2007 9:32PM
Happy holidays..wonderful final shot with a great story.
15 Sep 2007 9:45PM
Have a good time a pot with a story

DougSmile---------------Or HISTORY that sounds more like itSmile
have a wonderful break.. and love the write up and fascinating facts....!!!

Nikki !!!
fatmod Plus
11 22 England
16 Sep 2007 9:47AM
great shot like it
Fascination story and image, excelelnt
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
16 Sep 2007 3:56PM
happy holidays
16 Sep 2007 4:44PM
Excellent photo, nice story, enjoy your break.

paulb20 Plus
11 12 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2007 6:38PM
Yes, it just shows you don't have to go far to capture photos. Hope you have a great time.
Rock Plus
15 10 2 England
16 Sep 2007 7:00PM
History !

foggytwo Plus
14 36 1 Scotland
16 Sep 2007 7:44PM
Have a great time Moira,this is a good image with a good story.
16 Sep 2007 8:19PM
Missed you going, but have a great time! Looks like a typical witches cooking pot to me..
Lucy Smile
csr Plus
10 3 England
16 Sep 2007 9:53PM
Have a good holiday
ps great shot
MDaniel Plus
11 3 3 Ghana
18 Sep 2007 6:37AM
still used in South Africa today. Poijke pot they are called
davewaine Plus
10 141 3 England
18 Sep 2007 10:12PM
Soup kitchen, my eye! It's a refugee from Harry Potter!
20 Sep 2007 9:51PM
Interesting shot. It has beautiful old textures.
Brilane Plus
11 5 12 Wales
21 Sep 2007 1:14PM
An interesting article, well taken.
gingerdelight Plus
11 298 11 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2007 4:30PM
A lovely photo - thanks for the story!
Have a great holiday!
x Carol x
RobinF 11 83 1 England
21 Sep 2007 7:30PM
That is a fascinating fact there Moira, your 'write ups' (and Bill's of course!) are always such an enjoyable read. Have a great week away.
kind regards
22 Sep 2007 12:04PM
An amazing tale and an unusial image
25 Sep 2007 12:02AM
Your connection with historical events makes the photo for me. John

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