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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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Hoopers Cable Factory 1910s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Workers in the Braiding Shop of Hoopers Cable Works, Millwall Docks, Isle of Dogs, about 1910. On the left, standing, Elizabeth Jane Holmes, (1891-1963) lived in Westferry Road near The Vulcan pub; her first job on leaving school was a maid to a Jewish family in Whitechapel. She married a stevedore, Charlie French, in 1911; he died of a brain tumour in 1930 (as a result of banging his head when he fell down a ship's hold). Elizabeth was left with five children to bring up and later on she married again From Mrs I. Hames