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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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Hesperus Crescent

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Mrs S. Cannor recalls: This is an air raid shelter which was built in the garden of at the rear of Hesperus Crescent. We lived in No. 99, opposite the steps into Chapel House Street. I helped to build this with the Stevens family; they lived in the “banjo” around the corner, but the end of their garden backed onto ours. It is a double Anderson shelter and is of course supposed to be the ship, the Queen Mary. Donated by Mrs S. Cannor