Fowlers Troop & the Deptford Jack in the Green

The Deptford Jack in the Green goes out in South East London, and sometimes the City, every May Day.

Fowlers Troop No 1

Fowlers Troop No 1
This photograph of Fowlers Troop was taken by Thankfull Sturdee and is probably the best known of the surviving photographs, having appeared in several books about Lewisham and Deptford.  Lewisham Local History Centre hold a copy.  The exact date is not known, but it appears to be from the early 1900s.

Fowlers Troop No 2

Fowlers Troop No 2

This photograph must also be by Thankfull Sturdee, but is not credited to him in the book in which it appeared, Living London by George R. Sims, published in three volumes, 1901-03. At first glance it looks identical to Fowlers Troop No 1, but there are small differences including the appearance of the man/woman with the parasol who is hidden behind Tiger Tim in Photo No 1. 

The picture is in volume 3 of Living London, in the chapter London "Days" by John Bloundelle-Barton but there is no reference to Fowlers Troop in the text.

Fowlers Troop No 3

Fowlers Troop No 3
This photograph was given to me by John Harvey.  It originally belonged to his grandmother who lived in one of the row of very old shops at the bottom of Tanners Hill, Deptford.  A copy of this photograph has been given to the Lewisham Local History Centre.