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St. John’s Church Roserton Street 1910s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


The wedding of Edith Wilson and Harry Horner, at St, John’s Church, Roserton Street, E14, 1910. At back: Ted Wilson (bride’s brother); brides sister-in-law, Rachael; groom’s father, Mr Horner, a cab driver; groom’s eldest brother, Charles Horner. In front: unknown; Florence Wilson , bride’s sister; bride and groom; Margaret Wilson, bride’s sister. After marriage they lived in Pennyfields and then moved to No. 20 Galbraith Street where the bride’s mother lived. They had a three bedroom house with outside WC, no bathroom, two rooms, a kitchen and a scullery downstairs. In the scullery was a gas cooker, cold water tap, and a low yellow sink; the tin bath was used in the scullery. Washing was done outside the back door, unless the weather was really bad. Edith Horner took in washing from neighbours. Her daughter remembers two customers - the shop opposite, and Mrs Sparks, whose husband was dying of consumption and who lived upstairs in a nearby house. The washing was collected on Monday, returned on Wednesday, washed starched and aired, a ‘stack of it for two and sixpence.’ by Mrs M. Wisewell