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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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Hubert's House Janet Street 1935-36

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Island History Trust Image Collection


1935 or 1936: Mrs Emily Dodkin and her youngest daughter Ivy, in their new flat in St. Hubert's House, Janet Street, Isle of Dogs. Tony Hand writes; ‘Mrs Dodkin was my grandmother. The family had moved from Manilla Street when the flats were opened, I believe in 1936. You will notice the electric iron plugged into the light socket, the electric fire beside which Ivy is sitting and the combined radio and gramophone, which was made by two of Emily's sons, Tom and John. My Grandfather was Robert Dodkin, who was a stevedore in Millwall Docks. His father, Robert, was a horse cab-driver for a local firm of bus and cab operators. Nan and Grandad were evacuated to Wells in Somerset when the flats were blasted by a landmine during the Blitz, and stayed there after the war until their deaths. One of their daughters, Lal, and her husband Len Goss, returned to the flats after the war and were still there in 1991, probably the longest residents there.' This photograph is thought to have been taken for publicity purposes; the new block of flats was officially opened by the Duchess of York (later the Queen Mother). by A. Hand