Plastering the Great Beyond

There is a long tradition of builders of various trades leaving their marks on their work. Masons used to mark their work in order to get paid, but sometimes messages are found from ordinary tradesmen who are aware that they are producing something for the future.

This is a note that was found when the Tate Gallery, London, was being renovated. Though it claims to have been signed by many of them, the handwriting looks the same throughout:

My beautiful picture

This was placed here on the

fourth of June, 1897

Jubilee Year, by the

Plasterers working on

the job, hopeing (sic)when this

is Found that the

Plasterers’ Association

may be still flourishing.


Please let us know in

the Other World when you

got (crossed out) get this, so

as we can drink Your Health

Signed W. Gallup,

F. Wilkins,

H Sainsbury,

J. Chester,

A Pickernell,


2 thoughts on “Plastering the Great Beyond

  1. Hi thanks for writing this article.
    I run two websites for the plastering trade, and I hope you don’t mind I have put this article in our blog section, I have referenced you via your domain address. The Plasterers Association it refers to cold well be The Worshipful Company of Plaisterers, of which I am a member and so are several of the members and visitors to the website.
    I f this is a problem please leave a comment on the blog page and I will remove it


    David Winchester


    • I’m sure your company is the one they refer to, and glad you like this. My blogs are there for anyone to access and reblog or whatever. Hope your colleagues enjoy it, and glad the company is still going.


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