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So Long, Terry Bloomfield

January 22, 2019
by the gentle author

Terry Bloomfield, fishmonger & photographer, died on 28th December last year and I publish this gallery of pictures as a tribute to his unique talent. Terry was born in 1934 and grew up in Columbia Rd as the third generation of a family that worked at Billingsgate, where he ran his own shellfish business. Between 1982, when the market moved to the Isle of Dogs, and 2011, when Terry retired, he recorded the life of Billingsgate in thousands of black and white photographs.

Photographs copyright © Estate of Terry Bloomfield

You may also like to read these other Billingsgate stories

The Last Fish Porters of Billingsgate Market

At the Fish Harvest Festival

Charlie Caisey, Fishmonger

Around Billingsgate Market

The Markets of Old London

Roy Reed at Billingsgate

10 Responses leave one →
  1. January 22, 2019

    His photos are uniquely brilliant. Valerie

  2. January 22, 2019

    Terry Bloomfield’s photos are really wonderful. Definitely worthy of a book. I hope that’s what will happen. I’d like to see more of them! Thanks for posting. I love your website.

  3. Jill Wilson permalink
    January 22, 2019

    Great pics! I hope his photos are being kept safely for future generations to see.

  4. Lucy permalink
    January 22, 2019

    Wonderful pictures, with the rare eye of a real insider.

  5. Ros permalink
    January 22, 2019

    Absolutely wonderful pictures made with such an eye and such talent! And it’s a long time since we saw Ken Livingstone beaming like that. But then he always did have an affinity with creatures of the water, so maybe lobsters as well as newts… RIP Terry Bloomfield.

  6. January 22, 2019

    Wonderful photographs indeed. The Girl with the two fishes is brilliant!

    Love & Peace

  7. January 22, 2019

    When I was at school I had a friend whose dad was a Billingsgate porter. I used to go round his home after school and then go out and play football over Victoria Park and his dad was sometimes there. No doubt you would have heard the well known adage about their “polite”language. He was certainly a larger than life character , a big man , rough and ready in his ways but never a nicer man could you meet. I never heard one expletive. He was a true gentleman. I remember how much my friend loved him as a father.

  8. January 22, 2019

    Some good ones here. Love the one of the guy with the frozen cockles.

  9. Nicola permalink
    January 27, 2019

    Fabulous, a genius photographer

  10. January 29, 2019

    Wow. This guy was a good shooter.

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