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Digital Gallery Images

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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Westferry Road 1930s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Agnes Smith with her nephew Joseph Atkinson, outside grandmother’s home in West Ferry Road, ner the corner of Chapel House Street. The little girl looking out of the doorway of ‘Sid’s Cosy Cafe’ is Rosy Atkinson. The wall in the background by the postbox is still there, but the houses have been pulled down and replaced by new houses, gardens and a small playground. The grandmother was Mrs. Rozannah Smith, a midwife, who lived to be 96. She had to give it up when she became blind. From Mrs Atkinson