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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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Westferry Road 1950s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Mortons factory celebration dinner, early 1950s. Includes: Joyce Pratt, Violet Neal, Dolly Spottiswood, Phoebe Todd, Jessie Todd, Iris Herman, Ellen Nodding, Alice Fletcher, Cari Garland, Mrs Cole, Joan Burt, Pat Ferris, Nellie Tingey, Mrs Fred, Emmie Hand, Mary Hand and Kit Stone. Mortons an old-established Island firm, had two factories, one on either side of Westferry Road near the City Arms pub; they were connected by a tunnel which ran under the road. The firm manufactured sweets of all kinds, jams, pickles, epsom salts, flavourings and colourings. In the mid-1950s they were taken over by Beechams, and the factory was closed in 1982, after nearly 100 years. Many local families were employed there over generations. From Mrs Taylor