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Digital Gallery Images

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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Stebondale Street 1920s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Mr Koch in his grocery and general provision store in Stebondale Street, Isle of Dogs, c1920. This was the first shop round the corner from Manchester Road; on the corner itself was Jarvis's, the wholesale and retail tobacconists; next to Jarvis's side entrance was ‘Old Koch's' as the shop was known. In the 1920s, Mr Koch was attacked and robbed in his shop - a crime which was much talked about because it was such an extraordinary event in Island life. by Mr J. Needham