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2, Hibbert House, Tiller Road 1950s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Mrs Dorothy Dyer (nee Rump), who donated this photograph, says : The man is my Uncle Dick,- Richard Rump, who was drowned while away on holiday with his wife and two children on 10th June 1952, when he was 38. The photograph was taken, I would say, outside his flat at 2, Hibbert House, Tiller Road, E14. He is with his mother, Margaret Rump (nee Lewin), my grandmother, born in Rainham, Essex, on August 7th 1870; her father was a farm labourer. She had either 12 or 16 children, I’m not sure which - I know of 11. She died in 1960 aged 90. When she married, in 1890, she lived at 143 Westferry Road; later at 11Mellish Street, and later still at 70c Mellish Street, where I used to visit her when I was a little girl. These premises were called blocks, not flats, Nos 70a and 70b were downstairs and 70c and 70d upstairs. A flight of stairs went up the middle from the street. My uncle Dave, his wife and family, lived at No. 70d. by Mrs D Dyer