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Walton-on Naze 1900s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Members of the Deeks family, Millwall. Mr and Mrs Deeks (on right of photograph) had ten children: Fred, Harry, George, Arthur, Joe, Albert, Ted, Tilly, Ada, and Frank. Ted and his wife are in this photograph, which was taken at Walton-on-Naze; all the family went there each summer for a month’s holiday. They were friends with the Hipkin family, who owned bathing machines at Walton; both grandfathers weighed over 20 stone. Grandfather Deeks was a fishmonger; his son Harry ran the fish shop opposite Byng Street in Westferry Road and also had a curing shed on the pier at the end of Spratley’s row; the shed was guarded by a fierce bulldog. Grandmother Deeks owned several houses in Mellish Street, and each of her children was given half a house on marriage. When she died, they bought a memorial stone which is still outside the back of the chapel in Alpha Grove. by Mr and Mrs French