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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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A group of Island friends 1910s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


A group of Island friends, before the First World War. Back row: George Fothergill (he and his brothers worked in the docks, perhaps as stevedores); Alf Perry, Steelworker; George Glasson, lived in Stebondale Street; Bill Fothergill; Bill Lavender, lived in Manchester Road in front of Cubitt Town School; Tom Fothergill. Front row: Bill Crabb, a painter and decorator with a firm called Stocker and Roberts; George Chester Peake, b.1864, a rivetter at Westwoods; William Ernest Peake (1885-1939), ship’s rivetter, bridge builder, of No. 60 Manchester Road - his grandfather had a grocer’s shop in Westferry Road, probably No. 370; and Bill Bonnett, Train guard, Walthamstow. by Peake Family