>>>By the way, anyone know what these 'metallic
capsules' were for? There
are quite a number of people in Rotherhithe with this
I worked in Guy's Hospital in the mid 1940's. One the elderly lady
cleaners in the department, who lived in Rotherhide, had, in her youth been
employed in a factory that made tin cans (forerunner of Metal Box Ltd.?).
She hand soldered the seams of the tins.
Remember that at that time London was the biggest seaport in the world and
there was a tremendous amount of importation of bulk goods which were then
trans-shipped to further destinations and thus a need for containers of all