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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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Kent 1950s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


1950s: Kate Elsey, who lived round Milwall as a young girl, and then moved to Ashford in Kent; she continued to go hop-picking from there and worked on the hop-picking machines when they came in. She lived in a hut at the hop-fields, with the other pickers from the Island, and is photographed here doing her washing in the tin tub which she brought with her. Mrs Warren, who also went hopping, recalls: ‘Before it was time to go down, we used to have a clear out (in the huts); the furniture was stored there during the year, and all we had to take with us was bedding and clothes.' by G. Warren