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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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Manchester Road 1900s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


The Chesson family, who lived in Manchester Road, near ‘The Pier’ Tavern, c. 1903. From left to right, at the back: Grace Chesson, George Chesson, believed to have worked at the Lead Works; on his lap, Margaret Chasson, who worked at Le Bas Tubes; Jessie Chesson; mother Margaret Chesson (nee Wooton). She used to work in Island Gardens, in charge of the children and the toilets; on her lap, Arthur, who died of TB in his 20s. In Front: George, Fred, and Joe. Joe worked at Griggs, the builders in Pier Street, from the age of 14 until he retired. by J. Chesson