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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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S. John's Roserton Street 1940s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Father Kingdon, ARP Warden and Priest in Charge at St. John's Church of England Church in Roserton Street. Also includes: Mrs Mary Anderson, Mrs Elizabeth Shillabeer, Florence Shillabeer, Mrs Barnes, Mrs White and Sheila White, in October 1940, when the Blitz had begun and many Islanders were moving out into the country. The photograph was published in the Island Church Magazine, with acknowledgements to ‘The News Chronicle' under the title ‘Are We Downhearted?' and Father Kingdon is quoted as saying; ‘They don't want to leave their homes'. Photographs like these were often published to help keep up the morale on the ‘home front'. by Rev. Nick Holtam (Christ Church)