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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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Manchester Road

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Island History Trust Image Collection


4th October 1953, Benda and David Mulford about to set off on their honeymoon after their wedding (the previous day) at Christ Church (which is in the background). They were off to “Garracol”, a bungalow at Fifield near Windsor. This bungalow belonged to the mother of Captain Kimberley, warden of the Dockland Settlement. Club members were allowed to use it occasionally. The car was a black Alvis with a soft tan top, It belonged to Captain Kimberley’s friend, Pat Buckley, who was about to drive them there, with his friend Vera Shepston. They also gave the couple a box of groceries including the new “instant coffee”. Brenda’s coat was grey with black and white check, she bought it, and her hat, from C & A at Lewisham. Her shoes came from a shop opposite the Pavilion Cinema in Poplar and she saved up for them through a “shoe club” at McDougall’s, where she worked. David wore an off-the-peg suit. David and Brenda moved into 137 Manchester Road with his granny, Mrs Loaring, opposite the site of the George Green’s School. Donated by B & D Mulford