The Sarah Amy in front of Huntley’s Coal Yard, Greenwich.
Part of Greenwich Local History Library collection.
Coal for factories along the Thames shore could be delivered direct
from ships or barges. Coal for the rest of London was unloaded at yards
like Huntley’s Yard. From here the coal was taken by horse and cart
through the streets. Small orders for shops and houses were put into sacks
to make delivery easier. A sack of coal weighed 9 stone (56 kilos), about
the most a man could carry on his back time and again. Every building
had its own coal store, usually in the basement or the backyard. This
picture shows the coal yard owned by T. R. Huntley, coal and coke merchant.
The sailing collier Sarah Amy has delivered a load of coal and
lies on the mud, awaiting the tide.