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The Gallery includes images of the borough's streets and buildings and portraits of people and communities. The Digital Gallery images are displayed as thumbnails. Full size images can be viewed by clicking on a thumbnail.

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Globe Works East Ferry Road 1950

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Daisy Roberts (later Woodard) in the yard of Hawkins and Tipson, Globe Works, East Ferry Road, Isle of Dogs, about 1950. Daisy worked on the house machines (first floor background) making ropes of the smaller variety, including rope used on lifeboats. Some of the first man-made fibre ropes were made here. In the background is Bill Brewer, who worked as a reeler. Although he had lost a finger and thumb in an accident on one of the machines, Bill could ‘reel like no one’s business - a perfectionist'. Behind Bill is the boiler house and coal store, and in the open doorway behind Daisy is a stack of bobbins wound with spun yarn. These were taken upstairs in a lift to be used on the house machines. From Daisy Woodard