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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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Westferry Road

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Interior of yard, Herbert Bros, haulage contractors, Westferry Road, Isle of Dogs, c.1920. Mr Herbert (b.1884) is believed to have inherited the business from his father. He had three sisterss, two of whom were nursing sisters. He had one brother who was killed in the First World War. There were about 20 horses and the Head Groom was Jack Willis who died on the island about 1956. In 1910, the Herbert family was living in Island Gardens, in a house facing Greenwich Park. They moved to Surrey a few years later. The firm was a government haulage contractor and may have been responsible for transporting gold bars from the Bank of England to the London Docks for shipment to America. They also undertook a lot of work for the United Shipping Company which operated between London and Scandanavian ports. The business failed during the depression of the 1920s, in spite of the family's efforts. Mr Herbert was Chairman of Millwall United Football Club when they were winners of Division One of the London Football League in the 1922-23 season. Donated by A. Blackwall