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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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Brother Aldred Carlyle

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Brother Aldred Carlyle, who attempted to establish a base for an Anglican Benedictine Order on the Isle of Dogs in the 1890s. The ‘monestry is described as a two - storied house standing back from the south side of Glengall Road; the kitchen, refrectory and two common rooms occupied the basement; on the first floor, two rooms on one side of the front door, served as a club. Two other rooms made an oratory. Upstairs were five cells for the brethren. Outside was a high wooden fence with a door in the middle .... above the door the words 'The Priory' were painted. By 1896 clubs were held on five nights a week - boxing and football were popular; the poorest boys were provided with a bath, and if necessary, a change of clothes, and a good dinner, on Sundays. From Abbott Extraordinary' by P. F. Anson. by P. F. Anson