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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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Edwardian Islanders 1900s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Edwardian Islanders, 1900. According to the sign held by the little girl in front, this is ‘The Island Swimming Club, Millwall.' It includes members of the Ward family, Launch Street, and of the Hiscott family, Westferry Road. Bert Hiscott (b.1888) who lived on the Island until 1912, wrote in his autobiography: ‘We had quite a good swimming bath during the later years of my stay on the Island. The bath was 25 yards long.' These were the original baths in Glengall Road (now Tiller Road) on the site of the present baths, built in 1953. by Miss E. Hiscott