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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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Westferry Road 1920s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Patrick and Bridget O' Neill, in front of their home, No. 202 Westferry, one of a small group of houses and shops between ‘The Ironmongers' pub, on the corner of what was know locally as ‘The High Hill' at one end, and ‘The Magnet and Dewdrop' (later ‘The Telegraph') at the other end. Patrick died in 1928, so the photograph was taken in the 1920s. In the window overhead can be seen a smaller alter made by their daughter Nellie Devlin who died in 1931. The alters were erected for Corpus Christi, in June. A procession starting from St. Edmund's Church and going round the Island, was also part of the ritual, with the school children dressed in white, scouts cubs and guides in uniform, and the men of the parish carrying platforms with statues of the Saints, A band came from Poplar. by Molly Barnes (nee Devlin)