A Load Of Cobblers?

This view of Souttergate  in 1910 is admittedly quite similar to the street scene you see in front of you today, although the cobbler’s shop on the right has now long gone.  This is unfortunate, as the word ‘Soutter’ actually means ‘cobbler’ or person that makes shoes, deriving from the Old English ‘sutere’ or Latin ‘sutor’, meaning ‘to sew’ or ‘stitch’.  For the time being at least, there are no longer any cobblers on a street that must once have been full of them in the 12th and 13th centuries!

At the very far right of the image you can also just see part of ‘Painter’s Cottages’, the oldest buildings in Hedon, dating back to 1562.