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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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Alpha Road

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Charles (1902-1982) and Mary Victoria Ottey, nee Lilley , (born 1910); at a family wedding in about 1930. After their marriage in 1928 Charles and Mary lived in Alpha Road; then had a spell in rooms in Preston’s Road before moving back to Alpha Road almost opposite the Chapel. Charles was a ship-repairer and boiler-maker. In the slump he worked as a steel erector. Donated by P.Machell