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Digital Gallery Images

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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The Batchelor girls 1900s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


The Batchelor girls, who lived at No. 150 Westferry Road opposite the Kingsbridge pub and attended British Street School. Photographed in 1904. Louise Esther (Lou) (born1902), worked in McDougalls; Francis May (born 1906), worked at Hawkins & Tipson's Rope Works; Gertrude Maud, (born 1898), worked at Levy Brothers and Knowles, the sack factory. Their father was a general labourer and a night watchman. Mother's name Francis Batchelor, (nee Lee). by Joyce Hathorn