These are the foundrymen of James Hews the Ironmongers. They are standing in the yard of their work premises with various iron pipes in the background and some of the tools of their trade. The men are wearing different clothes and hats that give clues to their jobs and status. The boss, office workers or possibly shop assistants are wearing a jacket, collar and tie. The workers and apprentices have flat caps and leather aprons. The men wearing bowler hats would have been overmen (foremen).